Jessica D'Aquila

Jessica D'Aquila

  • Class: 2018
  • Major: Secondary Education-English
  • College: Panuska College of Professional Studies
  • Hometown: Brookfield, Connecticut 


Jessica D'Aquila has found the city of Scranton to be an ideal location. With its vibrant downtown and close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia, along with its surrounding nature areas and activities, Scranton proves the perfect place for city and nature lovers alike. 

On favorite local hangouts

"I'm a foodie and Scranton has amazing restaurants – such as Thai Thai Scranton (best pad thai in the city), Pizza by Pappas (pan-style pizza), Bar Pazzo (incredible Italian) and Terra Preta Prime (farm-to-table, very fancy; perfect for when the family visits!). For coffee and hanging out, you'll always find other students, and faculty too, at Northern Lights and Adezzo." 

On big-city access

"With New York City and Philadelphia just a couple of hours away, students are able to take advantage of excellent internships, not to mention incredible entertainment. The University is great about offering students reduced tickets to Broadway plays, and even providing the bus ride." 

On the great outdoors

"I'm a super outdoorsy person and Scranton offers so much. Nay Aug Park is a beautiful park where you can hike, walk and bike. I love skiing at Montage Mountain (less than 20 minutes away) and Elk Mountain (just 40 minutes). When I'm not hiking or skiing, I'm often kayaking on the nearby Delaware and Lackawanna Rivers."