Jessica moved to Pennsylvania in 2004 to attend Swarthmore College, where she received her undergraduate degree in Economics and worked as an SAT/ACT tutor during her junior and senior years. After graduating in 2008, Jessica obtained her Series 7 securities registration and worked for Vanguard in Malvern as a licensed financial representative. Though it was a tumultuous time in the financial world, Jessica embraced the opportunity to educate clients in order to help them achieve their financial objectives. In 2011, she attended Temple University's Beasley School of Law and passed both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar exams upon graduating in 2014. She subsequently worked in a compliance role for JP Morgan for over a year and a half, before deciding to make a major change in her path, both personally and professionally. This quest led her back to her alma mater, where she currently works in Advancement, helping to manage their charitable planned giving and stewardship program. The highlights of this multi-faceted role are her regular interactions with alumni, parents, and friends of the college, who all share a deep appreciation for the skills and experiences afforded them or their loved ones by the college, and who wish to pay it forward to current and future generations of talented students.
Shortly before settling in her position at Swarthmore, Jessica connected with fellow Swarthmore alum, John Christianson, and made a return to tutoring. She enjoys the unique connection and bond with each of her students, discovering their interests, and doing a deep-dive to ascertain their strengths and weaknesses. She is a strong proponent of testing strategies combined with honing strengths and shoring up weaknesses in order to maximize their results. Jessica is results-oriented, has worked with students of wide-ranging skills, and has never had a student do worse in a round of testing after working with her. In short, she lets the scores speak for themselves. All of these concepts are part of the added value Christianson Tutorials offers, setting it apart from a generic SAT/ACT prep course.
A self-admitted foodie, Jessica spends her free time cooking, traveling, visiting with family, and board games. She is also an animal lover and always enjoys meeting her students’ four-legged friends. Regarding the path she has taken, Jessica has no regrets and is most proud of the fact that she overcame the fear of leaving her comfort zone and changing course. She has since achieved her highest levels of personal and professional satisfaction and fulfillment. Her advice to students is: “Discover your passions and what you're good at, then you won’t feel like you're working. It's also never too late to make a change and chart your own path.”
If you are interested in working with Jessica or any of our other tutors, please contact us at (610)457-5288 or (308)760-0746.