Girl Stories: Courage, Confidence, and Character — 

Jessica, a graduating senior from Sidney, Iowa has been in Girl Scouts ever since she was in kindergarten, and she feels the experience has truly helped her grow. Read her thoughts on her 13 years as a Girl Scout!


Do you think Girl Scouts has helped make you who you are today?

Girl Scouts has taught me a lot about character.  It’s not just what I do in public that matters, it’s what I do when no one is looking that matters, too. And, actually, it is those times that show my true character.  If I can stay true to myself inside, I can do it in public, too!

What was your most memorable experience in Girl Scouting?

My most memorable experiences were the MyGuy and I camps at Camp Neyati. I really enjoyed those outings with my dad.  We had such fun there with the counselors and seeing the same daughter/dads each year.

Another highlight was meeting Astronaut Clayton Anderson at Morrill Hall in Lincoln.  Our troop went to the planetarium and to hear him speak.  It was neat to meet him and have our pictures taken with him.

What are your plans for the future?

I have been accepted to the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, to begin classes in August 2014.   I plan on double-majoring in Photography and Strategic Communications with a possible minor in Spanish.  My career aspirations are to work the field of public relations, communications, marketing, or contemporary media.  Contemporary media would involve working for a company and using social media/marketing strategies.                  

My goal with having a fine arts degree with an emphasis in photography would be to fuel my passion for that hobby and hopefully incorporate photography into my career path. Photography has been one of my major passions, encouraged and strengthened by my involvement in 4-H, and my parents, who both were newspaper photojournalists.

I have had several successes with my photography from winning purple ribbons at the Iowa State Fair, to having my works displayed in an art gallery, and most recently, winning a national online photography contest, where my winning photo was published in the online periodical, Good Light!.

I hope to stay in the Midwest for both living and work.  I understand my career path may lead me to more metropolitan locations, but I enjoy living in the Midwest.

I would also like to travel and take my camera to all parts of the US and the world.  I hope travel will be a part of my chosen career.  Whatever I do, photography will be part of that future.