Born and raised in Madagascar, Jessica left home at the age 14 to receive a better education in Seattle, Washington. Leaving her family that early made her realize how blessed she is to have these opportunities for education. Being the first Malagasy student part of Semester At Sea, Jessica, Sophia Connot, and Laura Patterson are honored to have been given the opportunity to help other Malagasy students to become part of something bigger than themselves thanks to the support from the Resolution Project. Jessica is currently in track of receiving her Bachelor of Art Degree in International Business at Whitworth University, Spokane, WA. She hopes to further attend a Public Policy school to tweak the education system in her home country.