Winning On and Off the Court

Submitted by Jessica W

"You never know what you're going to accomplish next."

It's hard for Jessica Wamala '13 to stop smiling. She knows firsthand how one thing can lead to another at Villanova.

Jessica had offers to play basketball at a number of schools, but she enrolled at Villanova to be challenged academically. She also felt connected to the students who took time out of their schedules to show her around.

Once Jessica was on campus, returning students steered her to activities she might be interested in. After excelling in club basketball, she was encouraged to walk on to the varsity team.

This alone would make for a great story. But it doesn't end here.

Jessica also was excelling in the classroom. An Honors student, she found herself in CURF so often that she eventually formed a strong bond with the assistant director.

She pushed Jessica to define where she wanted to go in her career. Encouraged, Jessica applied for and received numerous academic awards while solidifying her desire to work in the foreign service.

After graduating magna cum laude, Jessica decided to play one more year of basketball as she pursued a graduate degree. Then the 2013-2014 co-captain decided to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship.

And she got it!

Supportive mentors ignited change in a stellar student-athlete by matching her talents with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. The result: She became a Division I hoopster and Rhodes Scholar.

Stories of academic and athletic achievement are written every day at Villanova. This is Jessica's.