Name: Jessica Mary Garcia
Host Site: Humboldt State University, Klamath Connection Program
Alma Mater: Humboldt State University and College of the Siskiyous
Major: Wildlife Biology
Background: The road I took to becoming a CSU STEM VISTA was filled with crossroads, new experiences, ups and downs, tons of self-exploration and self-reflection, ah-ha moments, and new discoveries. The paths I took to get to where I am now really helped shaped me as an individual, as well as opened my eyes to a world of socio-economic and environmental justice issues.
I suppose I will start at the beginning of my undergraduate career. Spring of 2010 was when I enrolled for the Fall 2010 semester at my local junior college, College of the Siskiyous (COS). At the time I was still working for Wholesale Solar, Inc. I worked at Wholesale Solar, Inc. for almost 4 years, and wore an array of hats while I was there. I managed the wholesale accounts to small businesses/installers/contractors, and worked as a sales representative for the company. I continued with this job through my first semester in college and then decided to stop working there to focus solely on my education. This job really opened my eyes to the “real world,” and what I really wanted out of life and for myself. I was exposed to a lot of environmental justice and political issues stemming around renewable energy, and wanted to continue my education in science. Continue reading