Name: JP Rivera
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
School: Marquette University
Major: Biocomputing Engineering, B.S.
Hobbies: Exercise, reading, running, playing piano, and spending time with friends
Social Sector Partner Placement
Placement Organization: South End Community Health Center
Organization Title: TBD
The smell. It is the first thing I noticed when my family and I drove on a beaten road by the slums in rural El Salvador 16 years ago. I still remember the confusion as we drifted by the shanty towns at how so many people could live in such conditions. Although I did not realize it at the time, this moment would start my passion for service towards others.
I have a strong desire to be a ServiceCorps Fellow because I want to serve and care for those less fortunate than myself. Being able to offset a corporate career to help people is an incredibly unique opportunity. I remember listening to Matt Ronen during a meeting at GE Healthcare and being inspired by his courage to pursue a life of service during difficult times. His candor answering questions posed to him, made me realize that this organization aligned with my personal values. It would be an honor to serve as a ServiceCorps Fellow to develop meaningful relationships, to grow as an individual, and to assist those in need.
Hello, my name is JP, and I am a new member of the ServiceCorps Organization. I am very thankful to be a part of it to further develop myself. At Marquette University, I studied Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Engineering Leadership and took part in the co-op program where I had four rotations in software roles at GE Healthcare. I was involved with in Engineers without Borders (EWB), the Marquette chapter of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero, and Engineering Leadership (E-lead) which focuses on developing soft skills. As the Secretary for EWB, I worked closely with the president to communicate with our chapter on the latest international construction projects. In the SAE Aero team I was on the E-board leading a team to construct a model airplane to fly in an international competition. The E-lead program has developed my leadership skills through classes, retreats, and shadow experiences which increased my communication, collaboration, and empathy.
I am a Texas native, and I lived in Oregon for about 10 years. My hobbies include exercise, running, hanging out with my dog, reading, skiing, and trying not burn food/cook. I am excited to join the Service Organization to be able to dedicate myself to a year in the non profit industry which will teach me about a lifelong model of service towards others.