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Jessica Teicher ’04
Peace Corps Volunteer in the Armyansk, Ukraine

Major: Political Science

Leadership role: William Smith Congress President 2003-2004

Extracurricular activities: Hillel, College Democrats, William Smith Congress, Rugby

Favorite professor: Craig Rimmerman

First job after college: I moved to Miami where I was South Florida Field Director for the National Jewish Democratic Council, directing 'get-out-the-vote' initiatives for the 2004 election. In the winter of 2005, I joined Peace Corps Uzbekistan where I served for five months before being evacuated back to the United States. In fall 2005, I left for Ukraine to continue my Peace Corps service.

Accomplishments at William Smith
My duties as William Smith Congress President were to accurately represent the students of William Smith College when addressing the administration in weekly meetings, or when issues came up. Hopefully I left a legacy to the future classes of William Smith that it is always important to take a stand, and more importantly, to act on it. Even if it doesn't quite work out the way you want, the adventure in attempting that change is well worth it.

On leadership
William Smith College shaped my idea of leadership by giving me a solid foundation from which I am now able to expand upon. I was able to hold leadership positions in quite a diverse group of campus organizations and trying to balance all of that was a very educational experience.

On the coordinate system
I really came to appreciate the different traditions of William Smith and Hobart and am thankful that such traditions have been sustained.

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