Jessica Medvec '13

Photo of Jessica in front of a bush

As a student leader, Jessica Medvec ’13 was instrumental in the success of several organizations and teams during her time at the University of Redlands.

A psychology major with a minor in physical education and athletics, the Tualatin, Oregon native was recruited to play water polo at the University of Redlands. After her first season, Medvec “realized there was so much more I could be doing than just athletics,” she said.

That was when she jumped into campus life. Medvec’s list of accomplishments is impressive: president of Maroon and Grey Student Ambassadors; co-president of the 2013 Society; vice president of Mortar Board W.E.B.S. Chapter; student director of Big Buddies; and a member of the Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society and Omicron Delta Kappa. She also continued swimming, and was on the team all four years.

“Being an athlete made me a good candidate for other facets of the University because I was able to bring something unique and different after being on a team,” she said.

Her involvement in Maroon and Grey has shown Medvec what it’s like to be an alumna of the University, giving her a new perspective.

“I never thought about how important it is to give back and stay connected, and hearing from alumni how much they love being a Bulldog for life really hit home for me,” she said. “I want to be an alum who is still connected and still around and wants to hear about how things are going at the University of Redlands.”

Her work with Big Buddies has also helped Medvec realize that she has a “passion for working with kids of all ages.”

“I have enjoyed me time so much and really have a new appreciation of higher education,” she said. “I want to go into either higher education or school counseling to use my psychology experience.”

Ultimately, Medvec would like to continue her studies at the University of Redlands.

“It’s a great place to work and I had a wonderful time as a student,” she said. “All of the administrators and staff really do love being here, so I know I would enjoy whichever program I’m in; it’s just a matter of picking which one I want to do.”

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