Jessica Peraza (White)

Jessica Peraza
Jessica Peraza (White)
2006
Major: 
Government and Hispanic Studies
Additional Degrees: 
J.D. expected December 2014
Alumni Biography: 

St. Lawrence has been an important part of my life since I began my studies there in 2002. The beauty of the St. Lawrence campus was one of the reasons that I was drawn to the University, although, spending my first winter there may have changed my opinion slightly! I most value SLU for the connections that I made, and the significance that many of those connections continue to have in my life.

I majored in both Spanish and Government while at SLU, participated in the Spain study abroad program, was an instructional technology intern in the Language Resource Center, and spent one year after graduation as the Interim Director of the Language Resource Center. In addition to Spanish, I took one semester of German, and one semester of Italian. If I did not also major in Government, I would have liked to do the multi-language major. My most unique experience at SLU was working as the Interim Director of the LRC. I came to value the time that I spent in the LRC and the MLL department and the opportunities that arose from my position there. As a result of my time there I became very close with many of the faculty, and now consider them good friends.

I am currently a second year law student at the University at Buffalo. I work at Neighborhood Legal Services in Buffalo, NY as part of the Homeless Task Force. My job involves working with homeless clients and ensuring that they receive all of the emergency benefits to which they are entitled under New York State law. Since I started law school, I have met another group of St. Lawrence alumni, and I have stayed in contact with a few close friends who were also MLL graduates. I would like to thank Marina Llorente and Marcella Salvi for pushing me to achieve, and for always being there when I needed advice.