Published 05/21/15

Jessica Fleet '17: Fearless on and off the field

Major: Politics and Law
Minor: Management
Hometown: Londonderry, NH
Path: Criminal defense attorney

Jessica Fleet '17When Jessica Fleet started her college search, she looked at schools where she could major in politics and law. After taking a Bryant tour with a future field hockey teammates, she got that “feeling” that everyone talks about. “I loved the idea of pairing my Politics and Law concentration with a business minor. But the primary reason I chose Bryant is because of its small, tight-knit community. I knew I would be able to stand out academically and make a difference on campus.”

Fleet, an Honors Program member, thrives on challenge, so she picked Management as her business minor. “I saw the direct correlation between the skills and information I would learn in Management classes and my Politics and Law classes,” she says. She plans to add a second minor, possibly Psychology, which she would have studied had she attended a college that offered strictly liberal arts.

“I saw the direct correlation between the skills and information I would learn in Management classes and my Politics and Law classes.”

One of Fleet’s most memorable experiences occurred in her freshman year during the first Division I Field Hockey game of the season – when she saw her name in the starting lineup. “I ran out of the locker room, called my mom, and told her I had to quit because I couldn’t and shouldn’t start,” she says. “I got my very first goal in that game and helped my team win its season opener.”

In high school, Fleet held a number of leadership positions, viewing them as a way to learn outside of the classroom. Among her many co-curricular activities at Bryant, she serves as Advocacy Chair for Relay for Life and for Colleges Against Cancer. “Cancer will affect everyone at some point or another, and I have personally seen some miracles happen,” says Fleet, who is battling a serious autoimmune disease. “What I have is so rare that doctors haven’t figured it out yet, so I don’t have people collectively fighting for me,” she says. “But I can support those whose lives can be changed by raising awareness and money to fund their fight.”