This is part of #EberlyDoesSports, a series from the IUP Eberly College of Business and Information Technology that focuses on business majors who play team sports, club sports, or are involved in sports at a community or individual level.
Jessica Cochran is a senior at IUP and is studying marketing and finance in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.
Jessica chose to attend the IUP business school because of the countless opportunities. “I was really confused and lost about what wanted to do with my career and thought Eberly provided educated guidance,” said Jessica. “Originally, I was a nursing major here at IUP,
but quickly learned during my first clinical rotation that nursing wasn’t for me. However, I enjoyed talking and connecting to the patients about their health. Now my ultimate career goal is to become a pharmaceutical or health device sales representative,”
“I am from a small town outside of the Pittsburgh area called Herminie. Swimming has always been such an important part of my life, and I knew I wanted to continue my athletic career in college. IUP’s swimming coach, Chris Villa, recruited me since early
junior year of high school. He was always honest and kind to me compared to other universities when getting recruited, which ultimately made my decision to attend IUP.”
According to Jessica, the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology seems to have the right choice for her. “So far, almost everything at Eberly has been straightforward and helpful. In every class I’ve taken so far, I see how I will actually
provide the learned material to the real world. Eberly contains numerous clubs for networking and resume building purposes, which is great.”
Jessica has been swimming for 14 years, almost her whole life. She started swimming around the age of six and started competing around the age of eight.
“My plan for the future is to become a pharmaceutical sales or health device sales representative. Depending
on where I end up career-wise, I might become a local swim coach. Being a full-time student, scholar athlete, and student employee, I attained many skills over the years. Great time management and work ethic with a competitive edge is engraved into
my person from swimming.
“Personally, I believe hard work ethic and drive is key to any success in life,” said Jessica. “I am also a huge people-person and love to get out and talk to everyone and anyone. I consider time a precious matter in life and learned to take full advantage of it to reach
my highest potential. My favorite quote is ‘Today I will do what others won’t so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.’”
—Written by Michael Rycharski
Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.