Student Life

Peer Mentors

Sam Perricci

Major: Digital Humanities & Social Sciences


Minor/Immersion: Russian

Hometown: Red Hook, NY


My favourite classes and favourite parts of my major are graphic design and web development.  Currently, my favourite class is Digital Design in Communication, where we use numerous Adobe programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign) to create designs such as a personal logo and business card, as well as a book jacket for a book being published by RIT Press. 

Additional activities, clubs, or organizations in which you are involved at RIT: College of Liberal Arts Student Advisory Board as the Digital Humanities Representative.

Jenna Rahrle

Majors: Public Policy and Political Science


Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Minor: German

When I first came to RIT, I was majoring in the College of Science. After my first semester, I realized the classes I enjoyed most were those in the College of Liberal Arts (COLA), specifically the Public Policy program.

I switched into the Public Policy program in my second semester and soon after added my double major of Political Science.  Being a part of the Public Policy program has helped me with my versatile skills of deliberation, debate and analysis, as well as leadership, teamwork and problem solving. The classes I have taken in this program range from the discussion of Supreme Court cases throughout history to the development of policies to promote renewable energy utilization. Not only are these classes incredible, but the faculty and staff are even more so. The Public Policy faculty is always willing to help out with new ideas to make the program even greater than it already is, and they are very accessible to students at all times with academic and personal advice. The department is very close-knit and it’s such a wonderful community to be a part of.

Hayley Foran

Majors: Journalism and Political Science
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Hometown: Bridgeport, NY

The School of Communication offers wonderful, enticing opportunities for its students. The faculty and staff are incredibly supportive and do their best to provide prestigious opportunities that challenge you to put forth your best efforts all year long.

I learned this first-hand as a first-year journalism student. My professors acknowledged my strengths and supported me through my weaknesses and drove me forward to where I am today. I was privileged to work with WXXI, an affiliate of USA Today, based here in Rochester. This experience would not have been possible without the continuous support and guidance of my directors in the School of Communication. They believed I could do it. RIT truly is a unique place for a student to study journalism and the College of Liberal Arts is an inclusive melting pot of diverse, talented students. I couldn’t think of a more excellent place to immerse myself in the Liberal Arts. Never once have I regretted my decision to study at Rochester Institute of Technology and all can be attributed to the wonderful, supportive and community-driven School of Communication. Your professors, your peers and your mentors all work simultaneously to ensure that you receive the best internships, opportunities and, of course, support that they can offer.