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“Professors here are incredibly helpful, they’re always available, and they’re good business instructors. They are strict, but they are also friendly and open.They talk to us about their experiences, so it makes it easy to relate to them very well.”
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Holliston, MA
As captain of his high school football team, Ryan Barry learned lessons about leadership, setting and reaching goals, team work and success. Ryan draws parallels to the coursework he takes as part of the Associate Degree in Business Administration program at MassBay.
“I’m learning about management, how you have to put in the extra hours as the leader in a business setting,” he explains. “As captain, I also had extra responsibilities in terms of setting goals and providing leadership, so I think management in a business setting is a good fit for me.”
After graduating from Holliston High School in 2010, Ryan, 20, pursued his dream of playing college football. Despite tearing his ACL on the football field twice in high school, he had always wanted to try playing at the collegiate level. “I chose the best college I could get into where I could play football,” Ryan explains.
He attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York and ultimately achieved his goal. “I only played for one year,” he says, “But it was a dream I was able to fulfill.”
Despite the opportunity to play football, Ryan realized his academic options were limited at St. Lawrence. Desiring a strong business program that the school lacked, he came back to Massachusetts and enrolled at MassBay in the fall of 2012.
“This has been a huge rebound year for me,” he says. “I’m getting the best grades I’ve ever gotten,and now that I don’t have to spend all that time on the practice field or lifting weights for football, for the first time I’ve been able to really focus on academics. I’m the happiest I could be.”
Ryan proudly notes that in his senior year at Holliston High,the team went undefeated and played in the High School Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium. On the MassBay campus he has also met with success. In both his management class and his marketing class, his team won the final project competitions. They developed a plan to improve the customer service department of a grocery store, and the same group created a winning marketing plan for an aqua golf driving range on Cape Cod.
Ryan says he finds MassBay to be “comfortable” to him. “Professors here are incredibly helpful,they’re always available, and they’re good business instructors. They are strict, but they are also friendly and open. They talk to us about their experiences, so it makes it easy to relate to them very well.”
Ryan is on target to earn his associate degree in May 2013. After MassBay, he intends to take advantage of the MassTransfer program, which enables any Massachusetts resident who earns an associate degree at a Massachusetts community college to attend any four-year state university. He is eyeing the Isenberg School of Management at UMass-Amherst as his “ultimate goal.”
For now, he’s focused on his classes and enjoying what he calls a “much better academic outlook.”
Because Ryan enrolled in his fall classes before Commencement in May, he was automatically eligible to win Red Sox tickets. He’ll be in the stands at Fenway on June 27thagainst the Toronto Blue Jays. “It’s a perfect date, because I finish my last class on that day. What better way to celebrate than to go to the ballgame?” he says.
Ryan Barry is on track to earn his Associate Degree in Business Administration in May 2013. He plans to leverage the MassTransfer program and hopes to attend UMass-Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management for his bachelor degree.