Jessica Bernat is a 2019 graduate of Villa Maria Academy and now a JA alumna. Ms. Bernat was chosen as the recipient for the Thomas A. McConomy Scholarship for her completion of a JA course and for her success in the program. She will attend Gannon University this fall and will major in Biomedical Engineering with a pre-medical track attached.
To learn more about this star student, keep reading for a short Q&A session we had with Jessica!
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself. What are your hobbies, interests, or anything else you'd like to share?
A: In my free time, I enjoy cooking, painting, jet skiing, playing volleyball, and hanging with my friends.
Q: What are your career aspirations?
A: After completing my degree at Gannon University, I plan to attend medical school. In the field of medicine, I currently have an interest in anesthesiology, gynecology, and general surgery. One of my main goals is to do medical mission work worldwide.
Q: What was the most important lesson that you learned through Junior Achievement programming?
A: My biggest take away is financial literacy. As a young person entering college and the workforce, the reality of life’s expenses is not pleasant. Bank accounts build up very slowly but seem to drain in a second.
Q: Do you have any advice to high school students that are involved in Junior Achievement?
A: Really take advantage of the opportunity to learn critical skills such as financial literacy and professionalism in the workforce. Some people will never receive these lessons, and it really puts you ahead of the game.
Congratulations Jessica for all of your success with JA! We look forward to following your journey moving forward, and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!