Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Jessica Jara

An Outstanding Islander

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Experience Counts

The invaluable experience alumnus Jessica Jara gained while at the Island University recently helped her land a position as an external auditor for Deloitte and Touche's New York office.

“I’m excited to start my new job,” said Jara, who is already living in New York and begins work in August. “There is a lot of competition out there. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi gave me all the confidence I needed to succeed in my career.”
Jara, a native of Ecuador, moved to Corpus Christi in 2007 to begin the English as a Second Language International (ESLI) program and attend the University. In May 2012, she graduated cum laude with degrees in accounting and marketing.

“Choosing the University was the best opportunity for me,” said Jara, who earned several scholarships. “I decided to leave home and try a different culture.”

After she grew comfortable in her new surroundings, Jara became a Camden Miramar resident advisor, joined several honor societies, and was elected president of the Society for the Advancement of Management for two years, presenting at international conferences.

“I served as a role model and a leader, and that helped push me toward my career. After that, I started getting involved with campus organizations,” she said.

As vice president of community service for Delta Sigma Pi, she supervised six events a year, with groups such as the Coastal Bend Blood Center and the Salvation Army. She held two internships as a field marketing intern for Susser Holdings, where she organized promotional events in different states for Stripes, and assisted CK Financial Group during the tax season.

“You don’t need to only have the best grades, but you do need to have the experience,” she stressed. “The experience I got through the internships really helped me.”

Although her parents are miles away, she credits them for always being there for her.

“Without their support, and their guidance, I don’t think I would have been able to accomplish everything that I could,” she said. “But there is a lot more left to do. “

Jara is happy with her move to the big city, where she is studying for the CPA exam.

“I’m exploring the city, and getting lost in the subway system,” she joked.
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