Profile Project: Provo’s Red Headed Firecracker

PROVO, Utah— With passion as fiery as her red hair, Jessie Christensen saunters to class.

Throwing a quick glance to the side as she reaches for the curved handle to her first class of the day, she looks bright- eyed and cheery.

With a desire to work in the advertising field, Christensen works as a teacher’s assistant for Communications 101.

She desires to land a job in Salt Lake City working on the Mormon Messages advertisements or in New York City.

When Christensen speaks of Times Square, the color of her face turns a rosy pink and her eyes take on a shiny hue. She describes the awe of all the bright lights and ads that cover Times Square.

“I want to be someone whose work is seen all over the world.”

Christensen is certainly an up-and-comer. As a 19 year-old freshman at Brigham Young University, she oozes confidence when it comes to her work.

“I ‘ve always wanted to go [to BYU]. It’s the only college I applied to. I was pretty confident.”

And when it comes to confidence, this Nevada native knows a thing or two. Christensen is from a city less than 10 minutes from Las Vegas, a city known for high rollers and big risk takers.

With a passion for dance, Christensen describes her senior year as the captain of the Coronado High School dance team in Henderson, NV. “I’ve loved staying busy.”

She describes how she’s danced her entire life and how the determination to become a better dancer and maintain friendships with a busy schedule has shaped her personality.

She plans to bring her dancer’s tenacity to the advertising field. “I always do my best work,” Christensen said.

She hopes to maintain a high GPA while she pursues her Bachelor’s Degree.

As a pre-Communications major with an emphasis in Advertising, Christensen has countless opportunities to bring her “best work” to the table. Her classes require a lot of research and writing.

While she stays busy, Christensen knows friendships are important. With a huge smile on her face, she exclaims, “Friends! I love meeting [new friends.]”

She’s very passionate about service work and says, “I like to please everyone. I like making people happy.”

And with a downward gaze, Christensen slowly confides, “Honestly, being at this university and working so hard to get here and then seeing people sluff off in their classes has been a huge disappointment for me.”

She expected to see more people with the same passion and drive as her, but it’s apparent that she is different than the other students for more reasons than her flaming red locks.

Christensen is a firecracker with a passion that sets her apart for other students her age.

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