Jess Maguire, Coordinator of Student Affairs


1. Do you have any hobbies or secret talents? Is there something you consider yourself to be very good at?

I do not have any traditional secret talents but I have a knack for knowing all things Taylor Swift, and random trivia.  I have been to 45 US states and lived in 7, so if you ever want to talk about the best place to get a donut I am your person!

2. What do you do like to do on the weekends or in free time?

EAT! I love trying new restaurants and exploring the city. I also love spending time with twin sister and traveling to see my friends while simultaneously searching for America’s best coffee and pie shops.

3. Have you traveled to somewhere you’ve really enjoyed? Or do you have a favorite city/country/tourist spot?

My favorite city is Chicago, I lived there for two years and still keep up with the food scene and the Bears/Cubs. It will always be special because it is where I met my fiancé. As for places I’ve visited, right now I love Cleveland. It is highly underrated but extremely enjoyable.

4. Do you have any pets? Tell me about them! If you don’t have a pet, would you want one, and what kind?

I do not have any pets but I love having friends with dogs. It is perfect, they have the responsibility and I get to play with them at the dog park in the summer!

5. Do you enjoy playing any sports? Do you follow any sports or specific teams?

I used to play a lot of sports but now I play golf when I can and do the general work out stuff. I am a huge fan of hockey, baseball, and football with my teams being the Rangers, Yankees, and Bears.

6. What is your favorite type of food or restaurant? Do you like to cook, and do you have a signature dish?

I learned how to make pasta and sauce from my Italian grandmother but that is the extent of my cooking skills. Instead, I love to find great hole in the wall places for tacos and pizza.

7. Do you have a favorite book or movie, and why do you like it?

One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest is my favorite book. I have re-read it several times and each time I have come away with something different. I like the conflict between the authority and the controlled, the issues of mental health, and the fight for humanity.

8. If you had to be a Penn med student, how do you think you would survive?

I would find my perfect spot on campus or in a coffee shop where I could study. Throughout school I tried to separate my home space from my study space so that when I came home I could truly relax.

9. Is there anything you would want to say to Penn med students?

Come and say hi! It is wonderful to meet students and hear about their lives.

10. Anything else you’d like to include about yourself!

I am always looking for a great book/movie recommendation. If you read or watch something amazing I would love to know!