Hometown: Cedar Lake, Indiana
High School: North Newton High School
Double Major: Business Administration (concentration in Marketing) and Mass Communication
What activities or clubs are you involved in at SJC?
TV 6 News, Enactus, Habitat for Humanity, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Green Pumas
How did you hear about SJC?
Family – my older brother took college courses through SJC as a high school junior and senior and then chose to attend SJC after graduating. Following in my brother’s footsteps, I chose to become a Puma.
Are you getting financial aid and if so, what kind?
Yes! SJC awarded me the Dean's Scholarship, and the Mass Communication Department awarded me a Performance Scholarship. I received several academic and in-state grants. I would not be able to attend SJC if I did not have financial aid.
Why did you choose SJC?
There are multiple reasons I choose SJC; the first being my financial aid package. When choosing a school, it typically comes down to the most "bang for your buck," and SJC gave me a great scholarship.
Second, I had family attending SJC. My brother was a senior when I came in as a freshman, and I knew how much he loved the College. Third, I chose SJC because of the staff. During my year as a high school senior, I discovered that the professors at SJC really cared about my academic success. I was not a number like I would have been at other schools. After going to a small high school, I knew a private, small college was the best fit for me. Even though I applied to, was accepted by, and considered multiple other schools, I knew where I belonged. When it was time to make a final decision, my heart had already chosen, and I knew SJC was where I was meant to be.
What experiences have you appreciated most in the SJC Mass Communication Department?
I've most appreciated working on staff of TV 6 News. As a freshman, I had the opportunity to be on-air talent. At other schools, students typically aren't in front of the camera until their senior year. As a sophomore, I have also had the privilege of producing the weekly newscast. These opportunities are preparing me for internships and full-time positions after graduation.
What advice would you give to a prospective student looking to major in Mass Communication at SJC?
DO IT! If you are a hands-on learner, Mass Communication is a great fit for you. Most of my homework assignments are either talent based or projects, which have really helped me to develop. They say you'll never work a day in your life if you love what you do. Mass Communication is so much fun that I don't think I'll ever have to "work."
What are your plans for the future or what career plans do you have?
I would love to go into news production. After spending a semester producing, I've fallen in love with the job. Right now, the market for TV producers is huge, so with my education from SJC, I shouldn't have a problem starting my career.
How do you feel about the Core Program?
I love Core! It has allowed me to jump into my major. While studying Mass Communication, our professors encourage us to take other courses, so we have an understanding of many topics. If we’re going to be delivering the news, we have to understand how the world around us works, and how we work in the world. Core teaches us that. I know Core will be beneficial to my career and daily life, because I will be able to deliver the news and hold intelligent conversations.
What has your experience been like as a student at SJC?
I have learned more about myself while at SJC than I ever did in high school. SJC’s classes and clubs give students a chance to learn what they really enjoy. While attending SJC, I've met some of the best friends I will ever have. The great thing about SJC is that we get to know everyone.
How has the faculty been helpful to you?
Prof. Fred Berger encourages all of his students to perform to their maximum potential. He knows every one of his student’s strengths and weaknesses. After every newscast during my freshman year, he would give me both positive feedback and tips on how to improve. After a particular newscast, Prof. Berger said, "Hanna, I think that was your best performance yet." As a freshman, hearing that really boosted my confidence. Another great thing about Prof. Berger is his experience. He knows all things Mass Communication, ranging from Video and TV Production to Script Writing.
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