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Jessica Berdan

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Living the Islander Way

Senior soccer star Jessica Berdan shines both on the field and in the classroom, as a perfect example of a student-athlete carrying out the Islander Way mission. Originally from Coppell, Texas, she transferred to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in summer 2013 to become a part of the first Islanders women’s soccer team as a starting center back. She has served as a team captain and battled injuries, playing 13 out of a total 16 games in 2014.

The political science major holds a cumulative 3.8 GPA. Berdan’s success in the classroom has earned her a spot on the Southland Commissioner’s Honor Roll. She says her dedication to her studies is about finding a balance and using her time wisely.

“One of the best parts of being an athlete is that it makes you accountable for your grades and for yourself,” she said.  “I know that my GPA affects not only me, and my team, but our school.”

Berdan is also active in extra-curricular activities and campus student organizations. She is the current Vice President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, and has worked as an Islanders Athlete Mentor to help incoming freshmen who have not adapted to college life.

Giving back through community service is something that Berdan says is extremely important to her.

“I know I would not be where I was if I did not have someone in my life who volunteered to help me or gave up some time to mentor me,” she said. “Just knowing that – making a difference in one person’s life – is good enough for me.”

As the advisory council Vice President, she has led the way for the organization to donate more than 2,000 books to the local Driscoll Children’s Hospital as part of the Southland Gives Back community service project.

“Knowing one person can change because of something they saw me do means the world to me,” said Berdan. “So I try my best to go out and help in any way that I can.”