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Hometown: Batavia, IL
Jessica Christofersen knows what it means to dig deep.
In 2014, while serving as a human intelligence collector in the U.S. Army, an injury cut her career short. The Batavia native was honorably discharged and returned to Illinois, looking to start over.
Her journey to graduation began then when she enrolled at NIU. Taking the skills she learned while serving her country, in just two years, Jessica is here on stage as a marshal for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ready to accept a degree in journalism.
Christofersen has been described by faculty as “dependable, professional and enthusiastic,” and the “kind of student that everyone wants in the classroom.”
The accolades are mirrored by her academic achievements and co-curricular activities.
A member of the Dean’s List and Kappa Tau Alpha, the Journalism Honor Society, it’s evident that she excels in the classroom. But even more, she has made a conscious effort to get involved, make connections and be everything she could be while at NIU.
Christofersen was recently named as a finalist for the prestigious Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award. She has served as a reporter for “The Northern Star,” was a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America, Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, French Club and NIU’s peer mentoring program.
She credits NIU faculty Jason Akst and Andrea Guzman who inspired her to analyze the media, and Artemus Ward for sparking her interest and passion for political science. While her immediate plans include using her journalism degree to work as a freelance writer, she continues to pursue her dream of becoming a commercial pilot.
The sky is the limit for Christofersen as she continues on her journey.