Jared Berman '17 - Politics & History and Criminal Justice


Jared Berman had several schools in mind when trying to find the right college.  But once he visited the Curry College campus, his search quickly came to a halt. He felt that Curry was the perfect fit for him.

"Not only did Curry have an excellent criminal justice program, something that was very important to me, it is a small community where you get that family feel. The professors really take the time to know you and it's really easy to make friends."

A member of the class of 2017 and a double major in criminal justice and politics and history, Jared is an extremely passionate and motivated individual, who as a high school student ran for school committee in his hometown of Weymouth, Massachusetts.  He narrowly lost the election, but was not swayed in his passion for involvement.

It's not a surprise that during his first year on campus he wasted no time integrating himself with the Curry community.

"In my first year, I got involved with the Politics and History Club, became an Orientation Leader and I was elected Vice President of the Student Ambassadors."

Jared also was accepted to the First-Year Honors Program, a community of motivated, intellectually curious students from different majors who challenge and support each other while working closely with a faculty mentor.

"At first you hear the word 'Honors' and you think you'll be constantly stressed about papers and tests, but it's not really like that. It's a lot of discussion-based learning where you are able to hear opinions and ideas from students from all the different majors.  It creates a classroom style that is unlike anything you get in high school. I definitely encourage first-year students to try it."

Professor Peter Hainer, coordinator of the First-Year Honors program, has already made a significant impact on Jared and has reinforced his decision to become an Honors student.

"Professor Hainer has worked in the criminal justice field and I like to talk to him not only about my major but about life in general. He is someone whom I've really connected with."

In the fall of 2014, Jared hopes to secure an internship at one of the local police departments, following in the footsteps of other Curry students before him.

"Internships are important because you want to know that you are making the right decision with your major. You get that hands-on experience while still learning the ropes and going to school."

Jared thoroughly enjoyed his first year at Curry College, but he also understands that being away from home is tough at first.  His advice? Open your residence hall door, go out and meet people and get involved in anything and everything Curry has to offer.           

"Being away from home that first semester and feeling homesick...it's normal. I admit I was nervous at first being away from my family. But when you come to Curry you will realize we are a giant family and a community that looks out for each other. If you put a lot into your experience here, you're going to get a lot out of it."


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