Jessica Marshell

Student, Mother, Entrepreneur.

Student

I graduated High School in 2006, and played Varsity Basketball and Softball. I decided my senior year to join the workforce, and was employed by many companies during my “twenties”. I enrolled into Arizona State University in 2020, originally majoring in Biochemistry. I recently changed my major to Psychology, and I am confident that I’ve found my path. I have been learning a great deal about myself after returning to college, and I look forward to my continued college journey throughout these courses. I am determined to help people better understand themselves, and others; in order to promote equality and compassion for all.

Mother

January 4th, 2017 I gave birth to my daughters; Honesty and Loyalty. Leading up to their birth I was on bedrest for a month in the hospital and was labeled a “high risk” pregnancy. I was only 26.5 weeks pregnant when I gave birth to my girls, both girls were just over two pounds at birth, and they remained in the NICU until they reached about seven pounds, March 2017. It was very difficult to be a first-time mother, of twins, experiencing motherhood from the outside of two incubators in the NICU. I was not able to hold my daughters when they were born and missed out on crucial bonding moments. Now they have grown to almost forty pounds each, will be five in January 2022, know how to count (by ones) to 100, know how to read words (not just sight words), they love science, and drawing pictures of four-leaf clovers and rainbows. I am so blessed, and grateful to be their mother; motherhood is the BEST thing that has ever been a part of my life’s journey.

Entrepreneur

My first job at fifteen years old was drive thru cashier at McDonald’s. When I turned sixteen, I started working for Bestbuy in the Wireless Department. At eighteen I acquired my third job at COX Communications, and when I got a contract as a business analyst with IBM/American Express; I quit my job at McDonalds. Towards the end of my contract with IBM/American Express, I faced “burnout”, and had too many jobs on my plate. I started working for University of Phoenix in the student technical support department, and also began an accounting degree. Although only having one job at this stage in my life was good; I did not do well with adhering to a very tight schedule. Knowing I was unhappy sitting at a cubicle, I began work as an Independent Contractor. I worked in bottle sales and VIP sales in a restaurant/bar atmosphere. I preferred the flexibility, the direct human interaction, and ultimately my work ethic and “hustle” determines my pay on a nightly basis. Being an entrepreneur, for me, means freedom from constraint, it adds flexibility to my schedule, and ultimately, I have time to focus on being a mother and finish my Psychology degree.

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