When Victoria Wisniewski looked for schools to study meteorology, the success of UMass Lowell alumni stood out to her.
“I saw the alumni that have come out of the program and how amazing they’re doing,” says Wisniewski, a meteorology and atmospheric science major from Elmwood Park, New Jersey.
As an aspiring broadcast meteorologist, Wisniewski has made connections with some of the alums. She has talked with CBS Boston meteorologist Sarah Wroblewski ’05 in person, Boston 25 News meteorologist Shiri Spear ’07 via Zoom and Fox 26 Houston meteorologist Lena Arango ’19, ’20 through social media.
“Those alumni will always be there when I need advice,” she says.
UMass Lowell’s bachelor’s-to-master’s (B2M) programs also piqued the interest of Wisniewski, who plans to continue on for a master’s degree in atmospheric science. B2M allows for a seamless transition between undergraduate and graduate programs and gives students the opportunity to complete both programs in as little as five years.
“Finding a university that was able to give me a leg up while reducing a year in school was something I was really looking for,” she says. “It set UMass Lowell apart from other universities,” where it would have taken her at least six years to get bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Wisniewski appreciates the number of opportunities offered to students at UMass Lowell.
“We get emails about research and internship opportunities. It’s so amazing,” she says. “And you can go into a faculty member’s office and say, ‘I’m interested in doing something. What research are you involved in?’ And they’re automatically ready to guide and include you in their research.”
From an email sent from the Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EEAS), Wisniewski learned about the National Weather Service’s new Student Career On-Site Training (SCOuT) program, a student volunteer program that helps participants develop skills and learn about the meteorology profession. She applied and was accepted.