Five Under Five: Jesse Ellis ’12

March 07 2017
Category: Alumni

Alumni Jesses Ellis spotlights for the Five Under Fiver series

Our “Five Under Five” series features a question and answer session with an Elmira alumnus who graduated within the last five years. Today, meet Jesse Ellis ‘12 who graduated from Elmira with the Astonishing Class of 2012 with a bachelor of arts in psychology. Upon graduation, she attended Gallaudet University earning her master of social work degree.  Jesse currently lives in Owls Head, Maine, and is working as a School-Based Clinician for Sweetser Information. 

1. What is your fondest memory of your time at Elmira?

Some of my fondest memories of my time at Elmira are my experiences with the Student Alumni Council Executive Committees and the events hosted by the Student Alumni Council.

2. What is the most valuable lesson you learned in or out of the classroom at Elmira?

The most valuable lesson I have learned applies both in and outside of the classroom. Don't let the people in the room define the experience you will take with you when you leave.

3. How did your experience at Elmira impact your passions in your career and who you are today?

I was introduced to sign language during my time at Elmira. It inspired me to continue my education for an advanced degree working with the deaf and hard of hearing at a leading university.

4. What advice do you have for current undergrads or students considering attending Elmira?

Don't be afraid to let yourself be heard, sometimes it takes one person speaking up to realize the whole room is feeling and thinking the same thing.

5. What is the best thing about being an Elmira alum?

The best aspect of being an Elmira alum is our network of other Alumni. We are small, but mighty.

Stay tuned for the next "Five Under Five" story featuring Alison Donan ’12. Alison currently lives in Maryland where she works as a speech-language pathologist.

If you are interested in being featured as part of the "Five Under Five" series, please contact Julie Fielding.