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Jenessa Abrams

BA '14 - Cinema Studies and Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

Jenessa studied creative writing, film, and cinema studies as well as child and adolescent psychopathology to develop her concentration Examining the Abnormalities of Human Behavior through the Lens and on the Page. Originally from Long Island, New York, she served on the poetry board of the Gallatin Review and on the editorial board of the Literacy Review, where she served as editor in the 2011-2012 academic year. In the fall of 2010, Abrams co-taught a writing class for ESL students at the University Settlement in New York, and in the spring of 2011, she taught a writing course at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. “Working with the students in both University Settlement and the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center was immensely inspiring for me,” she says. Jenssa cites Gallatin Professor June Foley, director of Gallatin’s Writing Program, as a particularly influential teacher, observing, “Her personal dedication and focus with individual students is amazing.” Jenssa spent the summer of 2012 working at the Cannes Film Festival and at MUSE, a documentary film company.