Jessica graduated Seton Hall in 2016 with majors in Chemistry and Philosophy. She also was member of the Seton Hall Ethics Bowl Team. Jessica was awarded the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship for graduate work in STEM education and obtained her M.A. from Rowan University in 2017. While in graduate school she started teaching 10th grade chemistry in a high-need public high school in South Jersey. Jessica plans to continue to teach high school chemistry and pursue a Ph.D. in Education.
Jessica on "Why study philosophy?"
"As a chemist, when I tell colleagues I have a degree in philosophy, I always receive a puzzled look along with comments such as "That's a weird combination," or questions like "How did you end up picking those two majors?" My answer is simple, the two disciplines are very complementary. Philosophy allows me to communicate chemistry more effectively and present arguments that are sound and rational. By studying philosophy, I have learned to articulate my views and findings in a logical manner in both my personal and professional life."
The Department of Philosophy at Seton Hall provides the opportunity for examining major philosophers and areas from ancient times to the present. Students are able to learn about the field, and receive strong training in analytical and writing skills. The program's faculty conduct internationally recognized research and innovative, technologically-enhanced instruction grounded in practical experience while also exploring the frontiers of their discipline.
Jessica is an example of what great minds can do at Seton Hall. As the University celebrates its latest milestone of an alumni network of 100,000, achievements of alumni of all walks of life will continue to be highlighted throughout the year.