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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 spring of 2015, Jared completed an internship with the Massachusetts State Police. He had the opportunity to observe the MSP Underwater Recovery Unit during missions in Boston Harbor, where they would do security sweeps of incoming ships for explosives and other potential threats.
"I was so fortunate to be able to work with such a diverse and amazing group. I gained an appreciation for what the men and women of the MSP do and how often they put their lives on the line to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth. I learned a great deal about what they have to go through in order to become troopers, and what they do day in and day out on the job."
"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."
Even though Jared has thoroughly enjoyed his first couple of years at Curry College, he also understands that being away from home is tough for incoming students. 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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