Jessica moved to North Carolina for her externship where she planned to live with relatives who were stationed there. At the last minute, they were transferred to another base, and Jessica found herself homeless and living out of her car for several weeks. Afterwards, Jessica was met with a series of unfortunate incidents that would have stopped a less-determined person from being successful. But Jessica's positive attitude prevailed, and she refused to give up and kept her eye on the goal.
While in school, Jessica had a good attendance rate, and graduated with a 91% overall grade average, receiving a perfect 100% score on her final externship experience.