Erica Gartelmann, the program coordinator for the Mass Communication, Advertising, and Public Relations Department, may not know her future completely but is happy to be here at BU and in Boston.
Already soaking up the city sights and eagerly meeting students and coworkers, Erica looks forward to the rest of the year. She will be no stranger to the snow as she hails from upstate New York but remains curious to see what her job will entail during various times of the year.
Erica is looking forward to meeting new BU community members and continuing to explore the city of Boston.
To get us started, tell me a little bit more about your role at BU.
I started working here very recently. My start date was on September 7. My main responsibility right now is working on students’ summer schedules. I get to work with students and faculty, and the team I work with is so great.
What has been your favorite part of your work at BU so far?
This is my first job out of college, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect but was excited to work with students. It was difficult not having in-person interaction over the past year. The first time a student sat down at my desk to ask me some questions was honestly my favorite part. It was just so nice to have that face-to-face interaction. It reminded me why I’m doing what I’m doing. I want to help students.
Sounds like you have found a good fit. And you are new to Boston, right? Have you had fun exploring? Do you have any favorite places?
Yes, I moved from New York state. I really like Boston so far. I came from a rural area, so it is the perfect baby step into city living.
I have explored downtown – walked the Freedom Trail, been to the Seaport, and am going to a concert in the city soon. I really like to take advantage of the time I have outside of work to explore the city.
Sounds like you have really explored over the last few months. Have you faced any challenges moving to a new city?
Well, I am new to public transportation and take the Green Line to work every day. My brother who lives in Boston calls it “the mysterious Green Line.” Some days I get on, it is packed. Other days, it is completely empty. I haven’t figured it out yet.
I’m not sure you will ever figure out the Green Line but glad you have made it to work. What are you most excited about moving forward with life in Boston and your new job?
Working in higher education, there are essentially different seasons of the year, and you have different tasks at different times. I am excited to see what we do during these different seasons. I am also very excited to be in an office and around people again. I can’t wait to meet more faculty, staff, and students around campus and see how things progress.
I am also excited to try different restaurants around the city. I am a big foodie. I especially love Italian food and want to explore the North End soon.
What other things are you passionate about? What do you do for fun?
I love music. I play guitar and sing but am also constantly on Spotify exploring new bands and artists to listen to. I am hoping to see City and Colour at the Orpheum Theatre here in Boston soon!
I also am passionate about working with students and look forward to developing my career here at BU. It is great meeting new people with new ideas and perspectives. I may even consider being a student again myself and take some graduate classes.
I was drawn to COM because I honestly loved studying communication. People always say you don’t need a degree to understand that, and I explain the importance of it. It can completely change the way organizations function. If you are a good communicator, you will get far. If I can guide students to feel this same way, then I will have achieved my goal in this position.
That is great, and I think you will have a great impact on students. Anything else you want others to know about you?
We are all learning about COM and Boston together. I am here to help you or point you in the right direction. If anyone ever needs help with anything, my door is always open, and I would love to speak with you.
Jenna Maurer, Staff Writer
Jenna Maurer is in her final semester as a graduate student in the M.S. in Media Science program. Since graduating from Johns Hopkins University in 2015, she has lived in five different states. Before returning to school at BU, she was the Assistant Director of Admission and Head Alpine Ski Coach at a boarding school in Connecticut. When not pursuing school or internship work, she loves to ski, bike, and hike around New England. Jenna hopes to use communication skills to impact students and families after graduation.