January 14, 2021

Concert-going connoisseur and healthcare strategy magician

Let’s start by getting to know you a little better. Tell us about yourself.

I’m Jessi, and I’m off to a good start with this interview. I got married in 2020 as a pandemic bride, and that was interesting. I really enjoy concerts, so 2020 was a huge letdown for me. I enjoy travel and advertising – I listen to advertising podcasts and learn about advertising in my spare time, so I’m happy to be at Schaefer! 

What’s something you love to do?

I’ve recently really gotten into houseplants – I can count (counts out loud) 8 in my living room right now. There’s a lady in our neighborhood who sell plants out of her garage, so we don’t go anywhere else. I’m not even sure she has a company name, she’s just a lady in a garage. 

What’s your favorite place?

Peru – I love Peru. I try to go back once a year, but it hasn’t happened in 2 years, so here we are – specifically, Paracas, in southern Peru. We go sand-boarding. It’s just a super fun place.

What do you love about the job?

It’s really nice to have a true community of people at work. I worked alone for so long that now I get to enjoy interacting with clients, co-workers, and everyone at Schaefer. I truly enjoy the people. I also like that this job forces me to be organized, because I’m not naturally organized; I like growing that skill. 

If you could do anything besides what you are doing now, what would you do professionally?

It would be cool to own a bakery – I don’t know how to bake, but that would be cool. Realistically, I’d probably be event-planning. I love everything about it – I love the stress and the energy. But I feel like it would be cool to own a bakery.

What is the last thing you binge-watched?

Bridgerton – I’m actually on the audiobook now, too. I’m really obsessed. Before that, Schitt’s Creek. 

If you could live in any sitcom, which would it be?

My favorite show ever is The Office, so I’d choose it. It would be a stressful place to live, but I love it enough that I think it would work out.

Are you a listener or a talker?

I’m a listener, I have too much anxiety to be a talker.

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pasta – because you can put anything on pasta. 

What’s the scariest thing you’ve done for fun?

Sand-boarding in the sand dunes in Paracas – which are more like sand mountains because they’re so tall. I was pretty scared to go up at first because I’m afraid of heights, but once we got up there it was so much fun. 

If you had an extra hour of free time every day, what would you spend it doing?

I would probably take time every day to make sure I had a nice relaxing bath. I want an hour more of bath every day.

Why Schaefer?

At first, when I was looking for internships, I accidentally applied to Schaefer twice – mistakenly for the Summer program, which I wasn’t available for. The one thing that stuck out to me was that the community and culture was very strong – everyone here truly enjoys each other and naturally gets along. I think that it’s a really strong community.