When Jessica Scaparro first met students from Iona, she was impressed with their enthusiasm about their experiences. “I wanted so badly to have that same excitement.” She liked the welcoming atmosphere at Iona and the Campus Ministry aspect of student life. “I loved that I would have the opportunity to grow in my faith, serving not only the Iona community but also the New Rochelle community and abroad.”
For all of these reasons, Jessica decided to transfer to Iona. A student in the five-year BA/MA psychology program, Jessica was on track for her master’s in industrial organizational psychology and she already had many opportunities to help and serve others.
Jessica had been a student campus minister, worked with Habitat for Humanity, and a team coordinator with the Tara Knights Society. An internship at March of Dimes, working with the teen youth department, gave her valuable insight into the daily operation of a not-for-profit organization.
In May 2012, Jessica went on an Iona in Mission trip to Zambia–an experience that was truly transformational. “From the moment I arrived in Lusaka, I knew that my life was going to change. The living conditions of the Zambian people in Mazabuka, the village where we did our service, were heartbreaking. Yet, with so little, they still had so much hope and faith.”
Reflecting on her Iona experience, Jessica is grateful for the opportunities she’s had. “Traveling to Africa was something I never thought would happen. I went there to make a difference in the lives of others and yet my life will never be the same.”