Age 16, with three new friends in a village in the mountains near the Haitian border
Jody goes for the extremes.
In high school she and a girlfriend lived alone for two months in a poor village in the Dominican Republic mountains, digging latrines and teaching oral hygiene. When it came time for college though, forget that! She wanted the bright lights of London, where she earned her B.A. in Fashion Journalism.
It is not easy finding journalism jobs these days but Jody would not go back to waitressing. It took her months of seriously relentless hunting but finally(!) she scored a paying job with Envy Magazine, then with Houston Magazine and finally with one of the biggest newspapers in the country, The Houston Chronicle. There she is the Food and the Travel editor; you can read her sections on Wednesdays and Sundays.