Name: Jessica Ivey
Hometown: Lancaster, CA
Quote: “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only love.” –Mother Teresa
My name is Jessica Ivey and this is my Beach Experience…
My Beach Experience is rooted in the idea of service and giving back to a University that has given so much to me. Here at California State University, Long Beach, students are provided with a plethora of unique opportunities to make a difference in the lives of those around them. I truly believe that it is through these opportunities that students learn what it means to truly be successful and live an impactful life. Thus, the most important thing about my Beach Experience is that it has been more than the sum of my professional and academic development; it has been a journey of personal transformation through which I have been able to mature and develop into the person I want to be in the years to come.
My road to CSULB was a rough one to say the least. During my junior year of high school, I developed an eating disorder that forced me to temporarily drop out of high school and enter into treatment at a residential hospital at UCLA. After successfully completing my treatment, I was able to return to high school and graduate at the top of my class; however, because treatment for eating disorders can be very expensive, I no longer had the financial resources necessary to fund my education at the university level. This said, I decided to apply for the Presidential Scholarship at CSULB in hopes of being blessed enough to secure the funding to pursue my education at the University. Needless to say, I was granted this scholarship and have since spent three years studying Sociology here at CSULB!
As I explained in my opening statement, CSULB is full of amazing ways for students to get involved. Personally, I not only serve as a Class Representative for the President Scholars Program, but I also assist on the Housing Appeals Board in the residential housing complexes and am involved in the President Ambassadors Program which is an organization that gives students the opportunity to directly represent President Alexander at various service events both on campus and in the community. Additionally, I have also worked at the Residential Dining Halls, Bickerstaff Center for Student-Athlete Academic Services, and the Disabled Student Service Center. I really enjoy being involved in so many different organizations because it has helped me better understand the diversity and distinctiveness that encompasses the Long Beach community.
After graduation, I plan to further my education by pursuing my Masters in Social Work here at CSULB. I then hope to use my education to eventually obtain a job working as a social worker for people with eating disorders in the hospital setting. I firmly believe that all things happen for a reason and, therefore, I believe it is important for me to make the most of my experiences by using my past to assist individuals struggling with similar issues in the future.