20 Questions: Jessica Wanless

Our Today at Breck magazine features 20 Questions with Breck students, alumni, and faculty. This profile is shared for the summer 2019 issue.

What music are you listening to lately?

The music I listen to spans decades and genres based on my mood. According to my Spotify account, right now I’m listening to a lot of Brandi Carlile, 70s & 80s acoustic, and 90s hip-hop.

What’s one of the last books you read?

Becoming by Michelle Obama

What’s your favorite time of year?

I like the beginning of every season but I love fall the most.

What’s one of the most adventurous things you’ve ever done?

Given the age of my three girls, doing anything when they’re hungry or tired is always quite the adventure, but I did go zip-lining through an underground cave once while wearing the world’s ugliest helmet.

What’s your favorite Breck lunch?


What’s your dream job?

A comedy writer. The main challenge with this is that I’m usually the only one that thinks I’m funny.

Favorite treat: salty or sweet?


What’s one of the best decisions you’ve ever made?

Studying abroad in Mexico my junior year in college. It deepened my understanding of the world and changed the trajectory of my life completely.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

You’re a late bloomer, so just hold on. It gets better.

What do you remember from kindergarten?

How excited I was for library day. I would always check out the maximum number of books allowed and then stay up way past my bedtime reading them all.

What is the most important room in your home?

The sunroom. It’s a space where my whole family can gather to hang out. Plus, the door is soundproof so I often escape in there when life gets a little too loud and crazy in our household.

What’s your favorite place on the Breck campus?

The Chapel of the Holy Spirit. It’s a place of connection and care.

Favorite comfort food?

Chicken pot pie

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Fleetwood Mac

Favorite line from a movie?

“Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first.” — Good Will Hunting

Favorite family tradition?

Each year on their birthday we make a personalized book full of pictures and anecdotes from the past year for each of my girls.

Three people — living or dead — you’d want to have dinner with?

Trevor Noah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Maya Angelou

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

The Mediterranean

What’s your pet peeve?

Unfortunately, I have many. Slow walkers, people who slurp their coffee, the sound of nails being clipped, when my fellow boaters don’t wave back, socks...

What keeps you up at night?

Literally: Books, Netflix, and Candy Crush. Figuratively: The worry that I’m getting this parenting thing all wrong.