As her friend Shannon Oakes said about her, “I don’t even know where to start. There are special people and then there is Jess.”
Jessica Davila has come an awfully long way and she has laid out a course for her life that will carry her even farther. Jess came to Elkhart County from Mexico half way through her first year of high school. She spoke no English. A few short years later, while still at Goshen High School, Jessica was teaching the English language to others, getting outstanding grades and was named a Lilly Scholar. After getting an undergraduate degree from Goshen College, Jess earned her Master’s degree in Medical Science at Indiana University.
Jess is now in Medical School at Loyola University in Chicago. There she is working toward graduating with a combined Medical Degree and Master’s in Public Health to make her even better prepared to serve the healthcare needs of the community. Jess says she is passionate about serving the under-served.
Jess’s interests in public health are deeply felt. Her efforts to learn about its impact are varied. To get first-hand experience, she has worked on projects in the U.S., Peru, Ecuador, Palestine and in the savannah of Kenya. She describes what she has been able to do as providing “a source of hope in the midst of hopelessness.”
Despite the rigors of med school, Jess still has time to get out and about. She likes to travel and is enjoying exploring her neighborhood with her with her new BFF, her dog Nova. Jess has practices yoga and, of course, there is Zoomba. “I love to dance,” she says.
When not at school, Jessica lives with her mom and dad and little brother in Goshen.