Posted October 3, 2018
By Ashley Busnuk; Edited by Abe Danaher, communications assistant
Hadley Berg credits the accelerated master's program in the School of Journalism and
Mass Communications for allowing her to continue her education immediately after completing
Berg, a former student athlete at the University of South Carolina, graduated with
a marketing and management degree in May 2018. But before her graduation date had
even arrived, Berg had already begun working towards her Master of Mass Communication
through the school’s accelerated program.
“I honestly don’t know that I would have pursued a master’s degree directly after
college had it not been for this program,” said Berg. “So I am extremely grateful
for that, especially with the practicum experience that is included.”
Berg began the accelerated program during her last undergraduate semester, where she
took two graduate classes. She then took two more graduate courses during the summer
semester as well.
“I already feel more grounded with the material and a little bit less behind. I feel
much more prepared and ready to use all of my resources throughout the SJMC,” said
Berg said that the flexibility of the program allowed her to serve as a volunteer
assistant coach for the women’s tennis team at USC while she pursued her graduate
“The fact that I was able to start the program last semester and stay on track to
be graduated within the year, along with the timeline of my coaching duties is huge,”
said Berg. “The timing of classes fits perfectly with my on-court job as well as night
In the future, Hadley hopes to be running the marketing side of a communications company
out west through specific content writing and consumer interaction.
Ashley Busnuk is a first-year graduate M.M.C. student in the School of Journalism
and Mass Communications. She is a graduate assistant in the communications office
and a journalism teaching assistant. Busnuk is working towards a career in marketing
and creative advertising in the tourism industry.