Jessica Collins grew up in Frederick, Maryland. She received a B.A. in Political Science from Clemson University. She is a 2015-2016 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship recipient in Serbia, where she taught classes and volunteered at various refugee centers throughout Serbia. Co-founder and Project Coordinator of North Star: United Volunteers for Progress, a youth development NGO based in the south of Serbia. Currently, she is still working for North Star and pursuing her M.A. in International Relations from the Freie Universität Berlin.