Bison Spotlight – Jessica Warner

We shine our next Bison Spotlight on Jessica Warner. She is from Guilford, CT and will be graduating in May of 2021 with a degree in Psychology. On The Hill, She is a supervisor at the call center as well as a Resident Assistant. Outside of school and work, Jessica dabbles in spray painting, enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and hanging out with her cats. A fun fact about Jessica is that Nichols is the only school she applied to because she received her acceptance letter before she got the chance to apply anywhere else.

Over the summer, Jessica did her internship at Camp Towanda in Honesdale, PA. She was a General Counselor for the youngest age group at the girls camp and the Ceramics Specialist in the art barn. Jessica took care of her campers and kept a journal on their day to day development. At the end of the week, she and the other psychology interns would meet with the camp’s psychologist and social worker to discuss what they observed and review how the camp handles challenges.

When asked about a typical day in her experience, Jessica responded, “I would be with my group of 24 girls, taking them to each activity, and assisting with any needs they’d have. This could be from braiding their hair, helping put sunscreen on, or handling meltdowns and fights. I was in the thick of it all, sleeping in the same cabin of 12 of them every night for 7 weeks.”

Jessica’s favorite thing during her experience was traveling every Monday with the friends she made from Ireland. They visited Scranton, Philadelphia, New York, and Connecticut. She found it cool becoming friends with people from a different culture.

Jessica’s biggest takeaway from her experience was “Everyone wants to be treated with respect. If you take the time, and get on the other person’s level, you’ll be able to see from their perspective, and figure out a solution to any problem.”

She also mentioned that “Camp Towanda was an escape from reality, while teaching me how to handle being thrown into a sea of random people, cultures, religions, and traditions. You just have to give everything a try, and not let yourself hold you back.”

 

We would like to thank Jessica for taking the time to talk about her experience. The CPDC wishes you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

By Deegan Eggleston
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