Jessica Garza, more commonly known by the nickname "Jessy," is a native Texan born in Huntsville. She was partially raised in San Jose, California for the first six years of her life before moving back to Texas and settling down in the suburb of Kingwood, just north of Houston. She is a current student at Texas State University, majoring in journalism with a focus in digital media and minoring in psychology. She plans on graduating in the fall of 2017 to pursue her journalism career and hopes to educate upcoming generations on psychological disorders and to empower those who need the confidence to succeed.
Before attending Texas State, Garza graduated from Kingwood Park High School. She was heavily involved in the school's student council chapter, becoming a delegate in her sophomore year and, by her senior year, vice president of Social Activities. It was through the organization that she honed her leadership and cooperation skills. She also took digital web design classes, where she learned how to use much of Adobe Suite, such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Flash. She excelled in her English classes, passing Advanced Placement exams with ease and spending extra time tutoring other students through another school organization called AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, which prepares students for college.
While at Texas State, Garza has studied the basics of journalism, both print and online, and refined her grammar, usage and punctuation skills. At the end of her sophomore year, she was contacted and hired by Odyssey Online, an online magazine and social media platform, which had recently made Texas State its newest affiliate. By the next month, Garza became the editor-in-chief for the platform, managing over a dozen writers and editing articles on a weekly basis. She also works for the English Department at Texas State as a lab technology assistant, utilizing her knowledge of PC and Mac computer systems as well as their attached programs. She is also a member of the Texas State Allies, an LGBTQIA support and awareness group, and the Texas State Quidditch club, where she has been recognized as a key PR member.
Upon graduation, she plans to immediately pursue a career in journalism as a reporter, social media director or as a freelance journalist. She hopes that, through her words, she will one day be able to open the world's minds to issues they may not have known before. A quote that follows her to this day is "the eyes are useless when the mind is blind," and it is because of that quote that she hopes to be one of the many to shed light on the things that deserve it most.