Jessica Curbis '14

July 24, 2013

Major: Mass Communication and Religion/Philosophy 

Hometown: Crestwood, Ill.

High School: Mount Assisi Academy

Clubs and Acitivities

Campus Ministry, Radio/TV, Resident Assistant, Admissions Telecounselor

How did you hear about SJC?

I have a family friend whose husband and daughter both attended and graduated from SJC.

Are you getting financial aid and if so, what kind? How is it helping you to attend SJC?

I'm receiving a scholarship and some grants. I would not be able to attend SJC if I didn't have them.

Why did you choose SJC?

When I visited SJC, I discovered that the College was small, Catholic (which is important to me), and the people I met were really very friendly, including my admissions counselor, Randy Brooks, and the professor I met, Professor Fred Berger. Brooks and Berger played an important role in helping me choose SJC.

What experiences have you appreciated most in the SJC Department of Communication?

My major is very hands-on. I got to use audio and video equipment the very first day I stepped on campus. I have been on WPUM-FM and WPUM-TV and have had great teachers with tons of field experience who are ready and eager to teach.

What advice would you give to a prospective student looking to major in Mass Communication at SJC?

Get involved. We have the equipment, so dive in and learn how to use it. Be on the radio; be on camera. The major requires hands-on learning, so you just have to get in there and learn.

What are your plans for the future?

I'm not really sure what lies ahead for my future. I may try to combine my degrees and do Christian Radio or Christian TV, but I am just not sure yet.

The Core Program

Core teaches me about things outside of my major, like history and learning about other cultures. As a Mass Communication major, learning to communicate with other cultures is especially important, so knowing more about other cultures will definitely help me.

What has your experience been like as a student at SJC?

I've loved every minute of it. Thanks to amazing professors and mentors, I feel that I have really grown here.

How has Professor Fred Berger been helpful to you?

Fred is really just an awesome guy. He is a very positive person, so even when having a bad day, it is difficult to not be happy when I see Fred. He is also very eager to help me and my peers figure out where we see our future going. He knows what he is doing because he has been in the business and wants to help us learn. He has really become a strong mentor in my life and I know that I can go to him with anything that I need.

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.