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Jenna West, C'19

Lives of Significance

Jenna West, C’19

One Goal at a Time

After studying criminal justice and sociology at the Mount, as well as playing professional soccer in Sweden, Jenna West, C'19, is currently working with Pennsylvania Counseling Services.

How did playing NCAA Division I soccer enhance your Mount experience?

I had some of the best times of my life at the Mount and soccer was a big part of that. Being able to play Division I soccer has been a dream since I was a little girl and allowed me to travel to places like England and Sweden. Most importantly, Mount soccer gave me some of my best friends that I’ll have for the rest of my life.

What’s life like after graduation?

I went to Sweden for a few months to play professional soccer. It was definitely one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences I’ve ever had. Once I returned from Sweden, I got a job at Pennsylvania Counseling Services as a case manager working with inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol clients.

How did the Mount help prepare you?

The Mount prepared me a lot for life after college. My liberal arts education, specifically my classes in criminal justice and sociology, helped me apply all I learned in the classroom to situations in my work environment. Without my knowledge of criminal justice and sociology, I know I wouldn’t have the job I have today.

What advice would you give to prospective students about how to make the most of their time at the Mount?

Surround yourself with friends who genuinely want you to be the best version of yourself and who accept you for you. Make as many connections as possible. Many of the people I met in college (friends, professors, coaches) are the reason why I’m doing so well. Without their help, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Try to gain as much knowledge as possible through internships, clubs and classes. (I wish I had done even more!) Academics are important, winning games is important—but don’t forget to have fun, with people who matter, along the way.

What’s next for you?

I plan to stay at my current company and gain experience in my field and to, most importantly, make a difference in the lives of people who need support. It’s my goal to graduate with my master’s degree and keep progressing in my career—and to keep playing the sport I love…even if it’s just for fun.