Hello, I’m Eric Rybicki! I’m from a small town on the north shore of Massachusetts called Newbury. I am a senior studying Communication and Journalism here at UMass Amherst. I’m currently a member of Theta Chi fraternity, as well as the Men’s Club Soccer team, and also frequent the Recreation Center basketball court. I’ll be honest and say I was a little hesitant to come here at first, but the minute I stepped on campus I knew I made the right decision and it has felt like home to me ever since.
Why did you choose your major?
I chose Communication because I want to get into the field of public relations or social media, and this major does a good job of building the necessary skills for that field. I added Journalism because I wanted to improve my writing skills, and having a secondary major or minor is required as a Comm major.
What's something that most people don't know or wrongly assume about your major?
Most people assume that Communication is just a major people choose because it's easy. A communication degree can help you get a job as a human resources director, advertising or marketing executive, a web content manager, a program director, or many other options. A communication degree teaches you valuable career skills, while keeping your career options open.
What's the most interesting class you've taken at UMass and why?
The most interesting class I've taken at UMass Amherst was News Literacy with Professor Stephen Fox. I learned a lot about the news media system, and how it works. Most of the time our homework was just to read the news, and stay up to date with local and national current events. Then we would discuss them in class, whether or not there was bias in them, who wrote it, why did they write it, etc. Professor Fox did a great job of encouraging us to think about what makes something news, and how to identify a quality news source.