Catching Up With:
Jackie Bove – Long Island Rail Road
Communications Minor, Class of 2012
When the college search began in high school, a few different colleges were recruiting me to play lacrosse. I was planning on going away to school when last minute I decided to stay home, and that’s how I ended up at Molloy. When I started my freshman year, I knew I wanted to be a childhood education teacher. It was my dream ever since I was little. However, I never really thought about what my minor would have been in. It wasn’t until taking my first communications class that I knew I had found my answer. I graduated from Molloy with a B.S degree in Childhood Education, minor in communications in May 2012.
When I first started taking communication classes, I found myself actually having a strong interest in what I was learning. It was different, it was realistic, it was real-life situations, and it was fun. My goal was to be a better communicator, better public speaker, and be more open-minded to different scenarios that occur in real life. After certain classes, I found myself questioning things that would happen in life and being more aware to publicity and advertisements more than I had ever been before.
Some of the skills that I acquired while being in the communications department have helped me in my professional career today. Communicating with my co-workers both verbally and in writing is so important. I work in an office that is 24-7. Communication plays a huge role in this office because I work with others that don’t work on my shift. Emails are very helpful to keep up to date with what is going on in the office as well with the employees that we assist. Also, taking the public speaking class I feel helped me feel more comfortable talking and explaining things in my current position.
One of my first communications courses really sticks out. It was Gender and Communications with Dr. Pribram. This was one of the courses that sold me into entering the communications department. This course really changed my way of thinking and how I viewed society. This course discussed a lot of real life situations that we face in today’s society and how we stereotype and perceive people and things that happen based on how someone reacts to a certain situation. Also, it discussed the differences between the stereotype and perception if both a male and female did the same thing and how differently people would take it. It opened my eyes to a lot of things and I feel it made me a better person. I feel like I am more open-minded and I view things differently. I try to see not just one side to something. You never know someone’s story, and everyone has a story. Never judge a book by its cover.
I have had so many great memories and lessons that I’ve learned from the faculty in the communications department. I didn’t just take classes, do work and get a degree. I learned a lot about life and myself as a person. I’ve learned that there are so many people in the world and everyone is so different. You have to wake up every day with a smile on your face and start the day new. Be the best person you can be each day. Not every day will be great, and life is tough sometimes. Things get hard, and sometimes the easiest thing seems to be to just give up. It’s when you hang in there and fight through the hard times and all the bumps in the road that makes you a better and stronger person. Everyone makes mistakes. Nobody is perfect. Even your biggest hero and idol and inspiration are not perfect. Put your all into everything you do. Not just for someone else, but for yourself. I’ve learned so much from the faculty in the communications department and I am so grateful for all that I have learned. Always remember, a smile goes a long way.
My favorite communication class was Creative Drama with Professor Jean Devlin. It was such a fun class! We participated in pantomime, improvisation, and exercises to expand creativity in expression and movement. I never took a drama or acting class before taking this class and was not sure what I was getting myself into, but by the end of the semester I was so happy I took the class. I always looked forward to attending this class. I believe this course helped me gain more confidence and poise. I definitely recommend this course to everyone.
I played lacrosse since I was 8 years old, and was fortunate enough to take my career to the collegiate level. Being a student athlete was great! At times balancing classes, practices, games, conditioning, and let’s not forget about sleep was difficult. Sometimes my day would start at 6am and not end until 10:30pm and I would do it all over again the following day, but looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. I believe being a student athlete made me who I am today. I feel like I can take on anything my future may bring. Along with balancing the life of a student athlete I was also involved in the athletic department by being the Vice President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which was a committee that represented their school for the NCAA division 2 athletes and we raised money for the Make A Wish Foundation. Not only was I the Vice President of SAAC for my college, but I also was the Vice President of the East Coast Conference that Molloy College was affiliated with. Being involved the way I was with my college and conference is something that I am really proud of. I went on a lot of trips, met so many different people from all over the country, and attended conferences both locally and out of state to better myself as a student athlete.
One of my greatest memories being a member of the women’s lacrosse team was one the biggest wins of my career; beating our rivalry: Dowling College, in sudden death overtime. I remember warming up for the game, and seeing the bleachers getting packed out and we still had so much time before game time. To add to the excitement, it started pouring rain. Once the game started, we all let go of our jitters. However, we couldn’t get it together and we were down by 8 at halftime. We came out strong in the 2nd half and tied it up, and that’s when the adrenaline took over. We were tied and heading into overtime. That’s where overtime led to sudden death. The first team to score, wins. I’m not sure if I mentioned what position I played, but I was the goalie for the women’s lacrosse team. All I kept telling myself was, “you cannot let that ball get behind you.” I remember making a great save, clearing the ball out to the offense, and they ran some plays and then I saw the movement of the net from 100 yards away. I couldn’t believe we just scored and won the game. The feelings that I felt were so unreal. I felt like I was in a sports movie. The crowd went nuts, the bench cleared, and we all celebrated. It was by far the best memory of my collegiate career. I had many other honors and achievements that I am proud of myself for. Some of them being awarded goalie of the week a few times for my conference, setting a new record for most saves in a career, being named Captain my senior year and making the dean’s list a few semesters.
Right before graduation, I got a great job with the Long Island Rail Road. I know, you’re probably thinking, didn’t you get a degree in teaching? I had a great job opportunity with the L.I.R.R that I couldn’t pass up. I’m so grateful to have such a great job in today’s job market. I currently work in an office that deals with the employees and we are available to assist them in anything that they may need as well as who they contact for sick, personal and vacation days. My office is a pressure-filled atmosphere with a lot going on at once, and as I mentioned earlier, I do well under pressure. At times I am answering multiple phone calls and assisting people in person. There is so much to know and I feel like I am always learning something new. There are a lot of changes that occur, as well and that is where the communication within the office is important.
My advice for an incoming freshman entering the communication department would be to go in with an open mind and enjoy it. The classes are different, the curriculum is more life situational and you can easily relate to a lot of things. The faculty and staff of the communications department is by far the best. They all have so many experiences and stories that they can tell you. They are so intelligent and knowledgeable. If you are having a problem understanding something they are so welcoming to explain things to you in a different way to help you understand.
I remember being a sophomore and hearing all about the senior research paper that everyone dreaded. I was super nervous to start the class my senior year, but after it’s all said and done, in my opinion (and I’m not sure if everyone would agree) it wasn’t as bad as everyone made it out to be. The topic I chose was “Technology in Education.” I wanted to research something that fit my degree, and it was a great pick with technology being on a rise in education and being used more and more in classrooms. My best advice to any student who is about to take the course, would be to stay ahead and do not fall behind. Try to stay ahead of the game as much as possible. It is definitely a lot research and time consuming, and there will be many revisions and corrections, but if you stay ahead and do as much as you can before it’s due, it makes it easier. You cannot wait until the night before to start working on what is due the following day.
My advice to a student that is about to graduate would be to be patient. The economy and the job market is tough right now. You may get a job working somewhere you never thought you would or that has nothing to do with your career. Stay positive and keep sending your resume out there and keep up with your research of who is hiring.