Jess Rush ’23, CISLA Scholar
Majors: English, French and Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality Studies
Hometown: Renton, Washington
Background: I grew up in an all-female, single-parent, low-income household for the better part of my adolescence and I cite this environment, as well as my mother’s ambition, encouragement and entrepreneurship, as the source of my character, work ethic, passions and drive. I am a published poet working on my first full-length collection, a singer-songwriter and ghostwriter, an editor at The Spotlong Review (a literary magazine I helped to found this year) and I own a portrait photography business.
Current Plans: I am studying French and creative writing for two months this summer at the American University of Paris, and at the University of Edinburgh during the fall semester. In Scotland, I plan to focus on my English major and prepare for my senior poetry capstone. I will also study French and GSIS at the Middlebury School in Paris in spring 2022 to prepare for my CISLA summer internship, which I hope to complete at a fashion house or magazine in Paris in order to complete the field research for my Senior Integrative Project.
Future Plans: With the assistance of the Office of Global Study, the Hale Center and Dean Singer, I’m in the early stages of planning my applications for Watson and Fulbright Fellowships. I would love to be able to spend my immediate post-graduate year completing a Watson Fellowship in France and other Francophone countries. I would like to continue my research of beauty and the body and my study of the French language, and to see my research materialize in my more creative and most dear art forms, poetry and photography.