Amy Barry ’12, Communications (Journalism) and Business


Searching for the college that fit me perfectly was not a difficult task. I instantaneously knew that Salem State would become my home. The area has a small town feel, including downtown, which I thought fell of a movie set and was a perfect change from a city life that I grew up in. The people were more than friendly. The gym was beautiful. It wasn’t too big. It wasn’t too small. Everything was perfect. The nail on the coffin was hit in late February when Coach Shea offered me a jersey to play for the Lady Vikings for my collegiate career.

Entering college I thought I’d go into the law field. Either pursue law school or become a paralegal. After falling asleep in the majority of my intro to criminal justice classes I learned quickly it wasn’t for me. During my English class second semester freshman year I was assigned to write a story with an undefined length and topic. Two hours went by and 10 pages were written and I enjoyed every minute of it. During class my professor read the paper aloud. Watching the reactions of my classmate’s faces that’s when it hit me. I’m a writer.

My friends call me an over achiever; college student, basketball player, production manager and sports editor of The Log, and president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. I’ll call myself a go-getter. I strive for perfection on the court, in the classroom and in life. I dislike getting even an A-. Everything I do, I do to the best of my ability. Overall my experience in academics has been above average at Salem State. Every communications professor I’ve had during my four years has pushed me to my limits assigning projects with strict deadlines and returning them in a timely manner detailing how it could be improved. It is because of each of them and my mentality of pushing the limits that I’m an intern at Harvard University in the athletic communications office.

After I graduate in May I’ll continue to write. I hope to keep basketball in my life as well as my writing. Combining the two to a career would be ideal either at the professional or collegiate level. Really, I just want to make an impact on someone else’s life with the words I scribble on paper. Once I do that, I’ll know I have succeeded.

Narrowing down my best experience at Salem State is difficult. These past four years have gone by too fast and there have been many memories, both good and bad. When flipping through them all in my head, my time as a Lady Viking wins hands down. Every season came with its ups and downs, but when looking at each school year the months of October to February stand out the most. Every one of teammates and the athletic department staff has become my family. Wherever I go from here when looking back on these four years, that’s what I’ll remember the most.