INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Student determined to help others
For many students, Friday and Saturday nights are a time to unwind after a busy week of classes and activities. For senior Jessica Laguerre, the nights are part of a schedule designed to assist people on and off campus.
Laguerre helps to coordinate Late Nite Binghamton, which offers new movies, games and theme nights. The 21-year-old human development major from Queens is the arts and crafts co-chair and has worked on programs such as Pirates vs. Ninjas.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Laguerre, now in her third year with Late Nite. “I’ve met a lot of different students at Late Nite and it’s just a comfortable atmosphere.”
Laguerre also serves as a resident assistant in Hillside Community’s Fillmore Hall. She worked with freshmen last year and takes satisfaction from seeing them now adjusting to the University.
“To me, that’s what it’s all about,” she said. “I love to help people and help (students) become accustomed to Binghamton. To see them on campus, that makes me happy because I feel like I had a part in that.”
Jennifer Keegin, associate director of Campus Life, has worked with Laguerre on Late Nite and said there is more to Laguerre than just a hard worker who is always first to volunteer.
“She’s a pleasant person who makes everyone laugh,” Keegin said. “Everyone enjoys working with her. She’s one of those people that everyone wants to work with.”
Laguerre spends time working during the week at the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York in Binghamton, where she helps with divorce cases. She’ll soon be volunteering on weekends at Willow Point Nursing Home in Vestal.
Laguerre credits the University as she pursues a career goal of family law.
“It’s exceeded my expectations,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot about myself and the classes I’ve taken have changed my life. The people I’ve worked for have made me structured and organized. Binghamton as a whole has created the Jessica you see today.”