Becca Kryceski '20
Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies
HWOS at UNE is great because it is like a family. It is a small major, and the professors know each student personally. There is a lot of camaraderie between students too. Everyone shares the same passion and goal of wanting to do occupational therapy or a related health profession. We all want to be able to help people and make a positive difference in the world.
Many of my classes are very hands-on. In Motor Learning Performance with Professor Katie Hawk, one day of the week, we were in a classroom learning about different theories and learning styles. Then, another day our class was downstairs in the performance core playing touch football or doing another type of fun activity. For a few classes, we played volleyball, and each group of students had to teach the class the theories that we had learned in the classroom through the activity. It was a great opportunity to get out of the classroom, apply what we had learned while also having fun, and get to know fellow students better too.
I toured fifteen schools up and down the east coast. At first, I thought that I wanted a bigger state school because they have a lot of school pride, but then I just fell in love with the community here at UNE. I wanted a place where everyone knows each other, and that’s what I found. I sat in on an Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) class with Dr. Sandmeyer, and I noticed that he knew absolutely everybody's name. He chatted with the girl who got there first, ten minutes before class started. He knew her name. He had a genuine interest in why I was there to sit-in on the class. He asked me about myself.
Because UNE is a small school, it is easy to dive into the community and connect on a very personal level with both professional staff and other students. I am deeply involved in Student Engagement and Admissions and have built my resume and grown through the positions that I hold in both.
Of course, I also love UNE’s location. I feel like everyone says that, but you can't beat having a beach right on campus with water surrounding you from all angles. The views are incredible.