My name is Jess -- except everyone who knows me calls me "JRuud." It's my nickname that I got when I started college. Also I have been known to be called "Runty" because yes, I'm only 5'1... and 1/2. I like being short though, it defines my character! I have BIG dreams and I know I'll reach my goals... even if sometimes life throws those barriers that slow you down.
I'm very proud of my culture and flaunt it quite a bit. I'm Greek and definitely proud of it!! Greek food is awesome, but my favorite aspect of being Greek was Greek dancing for 9 years. We would travel all over the U.S and it truly is awesome to show other's your culture. But in return, I love learning about others as well. I'm a very compassionate, creative, and weird girl. I put my family and friends before myself quite a bit. I'd do anything for them, because I know they'd do the same for me. Ever since I was 5 years old I have wanted to be an Elementary School teacher. I'm now a senior graduating college this May and cannot wait to go out in the field and start teaching those little cuties. I want to teach the younger children; mostly kindergarten or first graders. I'm so happy that I've actually pursued this dream of mine and I'm almost there! College has been the time of my life, and I'm really thankful that I joined my sorority Pi Beta Phi and met so many amazing girls. They helped me get out of my quiet shell and figure out the person I could become without it. They are amazing and I owe a lot to them and the entire experience!! Another dream of mine is to move out of Utah, even for a little while. Don't get me wrong, I really do love Utah -- who wouldn't love the mountains, the four distinct seasons, and well.. a lot of snow! But that's just it. I'm 23 years old and I want to go on an adventure. I want to feel scared and excited at starting something new. I feel like it would be an adventure in itself not knowing one single person! Overall my goal is to move to Oregon. There is just something about that place that draws me in. Maybe it's all the beautiful green... or the lakes, definitely could be the friendly people as well! I know it will happen; I just don't know when. My family is going through one of the hardest times yet.. and it really has opened my eyes that we aren't invincible. We need to follow our dreams, because you never know when your last day might be. I love this quote, "Some things are destined to be -- it just takes us a couple of tries to get there." I totally believe in that, and about a million other quotes out there. Life can drag you down, but what doesn't kill you definitely makes you stronger... and I feel strong even though almost every pull in my body feels like I'm falling. I'm also probably the biggest hopeless romantic you will EVER meet... I'm being serious at that thought. I have been in so many relationships and done the dating scene, but I feel like I have not meant my Mr. Perfect. But that's okay right now I'm meeting the Mr. Right Nows. However, it would be nice to meet that special someone before I'm 30! I know I have a lot to offer someone and I do deserve someone who will treat me with respect & love. But if I've learned anything from the casual dating is that: I don't want to settle anymore. Another huge passion of mine is reading. I'm such a book-worm and proud of it!! I get lost in books and that's what I love most about them.. that dream fantasy world that you can escape to when you need to forget about life's troubles can really soothe your soul. I love writing also and another dream besides being a teacher is to become an author. I have already written about 10 short stories and tons of poems; but sooner or later I want to some of my work to be published. I would love to write chidren's books, teen and adult novels. I used to be a really shy person, but through my words I can light up a room. It's a way of having yourself being heard, and I like that detail. So that's my life in a nutshell... if you want to know more; please please ask me.