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Jessica
Jessica Medina Kuroki (second from the left) at Villanova University's graduation.

Going Global!  In this newsletter, our third profile of a Villanova alumna takes us to South America.  Future columns will introduce Villanova women in Asia, Australia and North America.  Join us now as we head 3,399 miles from Villanova to Peru!

Who:  Jessica Medina Kuroki

Where:  Peru

Degree:  Economics, 2007

Why economics?  Economics was my favorite class in high school.

Current role:  I’m a Partnership Manager in the education industry.  I am in charge of establishing strategic partnerships to increase revenue within Peru and Latin America.

Length in role:  It’s a new job that I just started in late November.

Current rompany:  Crehana. It’s an online platform that offers creative courses such as digital architecture, photography, web design, digital retouching, 3D, UX UI, and animation in Spanish.

Why did you choose to work in the education industry?  I have been able to combine my creative side with my business background making my professional life much more fulfilling.

How did Villanova prepare you for the role you are in today?  Villanova taught me a great deal about organization and planning ahead. It also made me an open-minded, patient and understanding person which has helped a lot in the workplace.

What was your favorite class at Villanova?  Alternative Economic Systems with Professor Kenneth Taylor. I loved it because it was my most progressive class at Villanova and Professor Taylor had been to Peru before, which made it much more rewarding. 

What do you miss most about Villanova?  All of my friends and the great sense of understanding we all share. We were, and still are, a big group of friends with all kinds of international backgrounds.  We still stay in touch as much as we can.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?  Let’s agree to disagree.

What do you love about where you are now?  I love being able to look back and not regret any decision I’ve made so far.

What are some of your interests?  DYI projects. I have started a group of DYI projects with two of my very good friends called The Thursday Project where we teach people how to do handcrafts. It has been a great experience since we get to spend time together and with people who are eager to learn something I love. Our latest class was embroidery.

Do you have a major goal for yourself right now?  Getting my master’s degree and traveling around the world!

What do you like most about being in Peru?  Peru is my home so I love it for three main reasons: my family, amazing food and beautiful landscapes.

What is something about you that not many people know?  I was the head singer in my choir class in elementary school.

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