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Jessica Wisse

Major: English
Minor: Women's & Gender Studies
Current Position: Wisse manages social media for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. She primarily forms teams, sets new processes and implements new tools. After graduating from Whitworth, Wisse attended Portland State University, where she earned a master of science degree in writing, with a specialization in book publishing.

Why Whitworth? "I was the first person in my immediate family to attend college. Because of this, I felt a little more like a fish out of water than the typical freshman. The small size and ratio of professors to students at Whitworth made college seem a little less daunting."

Whitworth Activities: "I was involved with the English department's student-run literary journal, Script, all four years, and national literary magazine, Rock & Sling, for two years. I worked at the writing center (now Composition Commons) for three years, and I also worked in the theology department as an administrative assistant."

Influential Whitworth Experiences: "Presenting a student lecture on feminism alongside my classmates for our women's & gender studies capstone project. We were a bit nervous about how our peers would receive our lectures, and for many of us, it was the largest venue we'd ever presented in. But we pulled it off, and we ended the evening by answering thoughtful questions from our audience."

Career Goals: "I would like to lead a team and pilot a new digital media strategy for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory."

Advice for Students: "Get a job! Seriously, apply for as many paid internships and part-time positions that you can manage. Not only will the extra cash flow help with tuition payments, but it will also allow you to 'try out' different fields in a low-stakes environment. Internships and part-time jobs also help you build your network and give you a track record that many other recent grads won't necessarily have. This will help you stand out when you get around to the job search after graduation."

Other Recent Alums

  • Dani Erickson is a digital merchandiser at Nordstrom in Seattle.
  • John Taylor works at University of Michigan-Dearborn as the writing center coordinator and as a writing program lecturer. He earned a master of fine arts degree in creative writing at Emerson College.
  • Elizabeth Ginley is an English teacher at Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and a graduate of the Whitworth Master in Teaching Program.
  • Luke Eldredge is a staff writer for And Sons Magazine, which he co-founded.
  • Hanna Malmoe is an account manager at Strategy Labs, a digital marketing agency in Spokane.