Hi! My name is Michaela Jampierre, I'm a junior at UMass and I'm from Connecticut. I study communication and journalism, and am a member of the Chi Omega sorority on campus.This semester, I'm most excited to learn about digital communication on a broader scale. This job allows me to pair my love for writing with digital media, and I can't wait to learn more from it!
Where is your hometown, and how does it compare to Amherst?
Westport, Connecticut, is a small town bordering the Long Island Sound in southwestern Connecticut. Like Amherst, Westport is quaint, community-oriented, and has a cute downtown center perfect for a day out with friends or family. Amherst is a bit bigger in population, but you immediately get the same hominess-feel as you enter both towns. I find myself missing things about both places when I’m not there!
Where do you live on campus?
I currently live in an apartment in the Honors College, and I absolutely adore its proximity to everything on campus. I’m within a five minute walk to my daily go-to spots: the ILC, Blue Wall, and the Rec Center. I also love being so close to my other friends on campus, who mostly live with me in Honors or next to me in Southwest.
Why did you choose UMass Amherst?
I chose UMass mostly for its closeness to my home. I wanted to be at a school far enough for me to feel like I was really away for college, but close enough so that getting home for a weekend isn’t too difficult (Westport is about two hours away). I also felt as though of the schools I applied for, UMass was by far the most advanced in their communication field in terms of the resources offered and its faculty, which I knew would have a tremendous impact on how much I like my major (and I really love my major).
Why did you chose your major?
I entered college as a communication major, and added journalism as my secondary during the middle of my freshman year. I did so because I knew I liked writing, and degrees in the social sciences have very writing-heavy curriculums. I also enjoy staying up to date with what goes on in our day-to-day world, and being in touch with current events is essential with my majors (especially journalism).
What's something that most people don't know or wrongly assume about your major?
People often refer to communication as a “second undecided,” wrongfully assuming that the field has no solid curriculum or path of interest. Although it is definitely broad/not as "traditional" as other majors, communication is a quintessential aspect of our daily lives that is often overlooked. Comm is by no means “easy,” and for me personally, I love being able to apply one single major to pretty much any aspect of any field — employers will always need someone with the ability to communicate well! Also, journalism is not a “dying field.” It’s simply transformed to be more digitally-based, taking into account the importance visual communication (just like everything else in this generation).
What do you want to do after you graduate?
Post graduation, I always thought I wanted to be on TV as a commentator on E! News or something of the sort. It was only until I took a TV and Film concept class where I realized I would hate being on TV! With my change of heart, I’ve recently been interested in PR, whether that be writing for a company or anything to help a business on the corporate level. Ideally, I’d live in a city like Boston or New York.
What activities and organizations are you part of? How have they contributed to your experience at UMass?
Along with creating content for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, I am a member of Chi Omega and work as an assistant for the Residential Life Office. Some of my most rewarding moments on campus have been spent with my sorority sisters, whether it be through philanthropy events or showing support for other Greek organizations on campus. I was definitely intimidated by the size of UMass as an incoming freshman, which is why getting involved on campus is important — you meet so many amazing people in college. On a campus that offers so much, it feels so good to give back!