Rebecca Kryceski stands against a backdrop of the Sahara Desert
Rebecca Kryceski stands in the blue city of Chefchaouen

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, 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.

Welcoming Community

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, and I noticed that [the professor][ 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.

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