Jessica Converse, 2019 Cohort

I am a United States Navy veteran. I was a Persian-Farsi translator with an Associates degree in the language. After I fulfilled my contract, I moved to Corvallis, OR to finish my Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a Spanish minor. I graduated in 2017, and went to work for Northwest Youth Corps as a crew lead for one of their conservation crews. After completing that contract, I got a job as a Spanish speaking teaching assistant at the Corvallis Montessori School.

Jessica Converse

My journey to MES has been a few years in the making - I wished to attend Evergreen in 2007 for my undergraduate degree, but instead decided to join the Navy. In 2019, I was feeling the need to expand my educational and experiential knowledge and the idea to come back to my Evergreen dreams has come to fruition!

Though I’m a new student, I already feel encouraged and supported by the staff I have had the pleasure of engaging with. Beyond that, I have enjoyed taking advantage of the MES Weekly emails, having applied for internships, research, and online education opportunities

While I’m here, I hope to take advantage of the multitude of opportunities available through Evergreen State College, my cohort, and its partners. I am excited to learn skills that will enable me to meet my desire for equitable environmental justice and action. I hope to network and gain professional writing experience. When I get to my thesis, I’m curious about bioremediation of toxic materials. I know throughout my time at MES I will have to write like I have never written before.

As I start grad school, I want to send this positive message out to you. May all beings be happy and know the natural joy of being alive. May there be peace on Earth. May all beings awaken.