Meet Jessica Gurley, Class of 2021

Jessica Gurley

Pronouns: she/her
Major: Psychology
Minor: Women and Gender Studies
Current studies: Master of Arts in Humanities with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, ODU ‘23

What drew you to take courses focusing on gender, women and sexuality during your time at Virginia Wesleyan?

My first semester at Virginia Wesleyan University I took an Intro to Women and Gender Studies class with Dr. Larkin. I was so inspired by what I learned in that class that I added the WGS minor as soon as I learned about it. I was blown away by how much I didn’t know about my own history and couldn’t wait to learn more.

What do you remember most about your experiences studying GWSS?

I remember each semester being so full and rich with information from each different professor. There was, of course, overlap, but there was also so much new information and material in every class that I don’t feel like I ever was bored in a class.

In what ways did your experiences in this interdisciplinary program assist you beyond college?

I have been able to carry the knowledge gained into my graduate degree which is also an interdisciplinary program. I believe these programs give individuals a well-rounded foundation to move forward in life and careers. Learning more about the humans that we live and work around and understanding differences in them and myself, helps me move and interact with people in a healthy way.

What advice do you have for other students who are considering taking a course on gender, women and sexuality studies?

Do it. Taking these courses not only helps you discover who you are as a person, and how you live in your community, but it also helps you see those around you and helps you understand how you live in their community and vice versa.