Student Speaker | Tessa Friason

Tessa Friason, a native of Vancouver, Washington, is graduating with a nursing major and psychology minor.

While at Mount Mercy, Tessa has been a four-year NAIA Scholar Athlete on the Women's Bowling Team, a Resident Assistant and Student Ambassador. She has also been involved with the Student Leadership Society, NOVA (Nurses of Vision and Action), Sigma Theta Tau International and took advantage of study abroad opportunities. This past summer Tessa received a prestigious internship with the Centers for Disease Control Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program where she studied the effects of gentrification on cardiovascular disease among Puerto Ricans and worked with UPROSE, an environmental justice non-profit dedicated to fighting environmental racism in an industrial neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Tessa credits her professors and family for helping build a foundation for success in and out of the classroom. She also thanks the staff for creating an inviting and compassionate home here at Mount Mercy.

Her future plans include working as a nurse in either a residency program or with the Mercy Volunteer Corps. Through these opportunities, she plans to work with her community to increase health literacy and trust of the healthcare system.