For Jessica Soto, community service has been an integral part of her life since she was a child.
You might say it is in her blood.
Now the co-president of the MCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges, Jessica has coordinated the organization’s service activities, with a particular emphasis on blood drives.
“I learned so much running my first blood drive,” she said. “For example, just one donation can save three lives. I think all of our community service efforts are important, but I’m most attached to the blood drives. They can help so many people.”
She also oversees all of the organization’s community service efforts, including breast cancer fundraising; Operation Green, an environmental program; the reading program for kids in the Child Care Center; collecting toys for kids at local hospitals; book drives; and Project Graduation, which asks those graduating in May to donate food for area food banks.
Jessica, married and with two children, had been working as the manager of a law firm. The money was great, but it wasn’t something she wanted to do forever. She knew education was the answer so she enrolled at Middlesex County College and has thrived here. She has a 4.0 GPA and has taken several honors courses.
“Some of the best classes I’ve had have been Honors courses,” she says. She also won the departmental award for communications.
Jessica is graduating in May and plans to transfer to New York University, major in communications and go into public relations in the fashion industry.
“I’m a huge fan of this college,” she said. “My professors have been phenomenal, the activities are great, and I’ve made a lot of friends. I’m very happy this is where I got to spend my college life.”
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