Jessica Via

Jessica ViaBachelor of Arts in English, interdisciplinary studies, Global Studies Certification, 2019

Executive assistant to the vice president, Daugherty Business Solutions

Describe what you do and how GGC may have played a role to prepare you for success in your job.
I currently am the executive assistant to the vice president of Daugherty Business Solutions and the Atlanta branch office. I act as the point of contact among executives, employees, clients and other external partners, manage executives' calendars and set up meetings, manage information flow in a timely and accurate manner, etc. GGC offered me opportunities that I may not have had at other much older colleges, such as becoming president of two clubs and working for the president of GGC. These opportunities enhanced my project management capabilities along with exemplifying professionalism inside and outside of the workplace.

Describe what you hope to do once you've earned your graduate degree and how GGC may have played a role to prepare you for success in your graduate program.
Though I am not currently enrolled in a graduate program, I hope to do so in the near future after gaining more experience in the workplace and for college classrooms to resume somewhat face-to-face “post-COVID.” I had such an excellent, healthy, and challenging educational experience at GGC that I have no doubt in my ability to succeed in a graduate program.

Has your life changed since graduation, and if so, how has earning a degree contributed to that change?
Yes; I immediately had a full-time job with benefits after graduating. My experience at GGC served as a stepping stone in getting the job I currently have, allowing me to move to and live in Atlanta. My degree ultimately opened more doors for me in the real-world and workplace.

Why do you give back to GGC through donations and volunteering your time?
I want to stay connected with GGC, and by doing so, I thought that serving as an ambassador would help me to give back and stay involved.