Outstanding Southeastern Student Profiles

Jessica Baker


Jessica Baker came to Southeastern to play women’s volleyball, but the excellence of her experience at the university has gone far beyond her performance on the court. She graduated from Van Alstyne High School in Texas and enrolled at SE to take her passion for volleyball to the collegiate level.

“I love the thrill of the game,” she said. “The pace is fast, the intensity is high, and the competition is fierce. Volleyball has definitely taught me time management, and how to give everything you have, not only on the court, but in every aspect of life.”

The sport has greatly contributed to her success on campus, both on and off the court. Academically, Baker is also a superstar. She was a Top-Ten Freshman for 2014, the 2014-2015 Scholar Athlete of the Year, and she has made the Dean’s List every semester since enrolling.

Baker has an “all or nothing” attitude, not just for athletics, but also for her studies. She has found support from the athletic department at Southeastern in both facets of her ambition. She compliments the athletic program because they take time to invest in you, not just the program. According to her, SE Athletics has contributed to her as a team player and fostered a deep relationship with her teammates.

“I have been blessed with the most incredible team,” she said, “I have built lifelong friendships with these girls who I have grown to call not just my teammates, but my sisters. To any athlete considering SE, join the Storm. Not only are you pursuing your sport on a collegiate level, you are becoming a part of a family.”

Baker recommends the program to all potential athletes. In the same way, she advises all applicants from all disciplines to consider Southeastern as their college. She finds the feeling of closeness the school gives to its students to be especially rewarding. She said if you want to be able to build relationships with your professors, SE will help you make those lifelong connections. The support for success the university provides in its athletic programs, academics, and its overall scope make it an excellent choice for any applicant. According to Baker, you’re not just a number in the classroom.