Name: Jessica Fox-Wilson’98
Occupation: Director of career development in the Liberal Arts in Practice Center.
Hometown/current residence: I was raised in Los Angeles, moved to Minneapolis in high school, went to college in Beloit, lived in the suburbs of Chicago for two years, and then returned to Minneapolis for graduate school. I’ve lived in Minneapolis the longest but I now call Beloit my home.
Favorite course at Beloit College: Even though I was a creative writing and education major, my favorite course was Emerging Infectious Diseases with Marion Fass. I learned so much about the way diseases work, and what kind of social, cultural, and economic factors contribute to their infection rates across populations.
You may have seen me: When I’m not at work in the LAPC, you can find me at the farmers market on Saturday mornings with my husband and baby daughter.
Favorite meal? My mom and I traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and we went to a restaurant that specialized in molecular gastronomy. We had an eight-course meal that included a gel-ified olive, sea bass suspended above lavender smoke, and a tower of chocolate in different textures. It was unforgettable and I will likely never have an experience like it again.
Any advice? “Let yourself be drawn by the strange pull of what you love. It will not lead you astray.” – Rumi. This way of thinking has worked really well for me throughout both my personal and professional lives.
What do you do in your free time? I spend a lot of time with my husband and daughter exploring our new city and reconnecting with our Beloit friends who live in Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago. I also enjoy writing poetry, when I have the time and mental space.
Who are your top-three fantasy dinner party guests? I would love to have been in Paris with the Lost Generation of writers. If I could, I would go back in time and sit in on Gertrude Stein’s salons, and meet Henry Miller, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway. That’s more than three, but they were all in the same place at (about) the same time.
What gets you up in the morning? At this point in my life, it’s my 11-month-old daughter, Nora. She is a very early riser.
What’s your favorite hidden gem here in the area? I’m new to returning here, so I’m just discovering places and mourning the loss of some of my favorite places that have closed since I was a student. One restaurant that my husband and I recently discovered was Taqueria Azteca on Shopiere and Prairie. They were very affordable and delicious. Plus, the waitress was so nice to our daughter during our meal.