College of General Studies

Joseph Kosky, BA Media and Professional Communications

We met up with CGS first-year student Joseph Kosky to discuss his Pitt experience and how he decided to choose CGS. Joe is currently majoring in Media and Professional Communications, and he is also a graduate of the Dean Institute of Technology's HVAC program in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology.


Q: Why did you choose to attend Pitt?

A: My mom was actually a CGS student and my dad works for the university, so I wanted to come to Pitt to take advantage of the financial benefits available to me. I actually attended Pitt Greensburg right after finishing high school, but I ended up having to drop out due to a severe concussion. After that I decided to enroll in tech school, but I always kept a goal for myself to complete my education at Pitt, this time at the main campus.

Q: Have you experienced any setbacks since returning to Pitt?

A: Absolutely. The transition from tech school to a traditional academic university has been difficult because tech school is much more hands-on. At tech school, I learned skills like how to repair AC units and furnaces, make home layouts, and I learned how to size equipment for commercial buildings. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to study and write papers. At the Dean Institute of Technology, I was on my laptop making floor plans and things like that, so it’s a little weird having to use Microsoft Word to make study guides again. Dean Tech and Pitt are two different worlds, so I’m doing my best to navigate between them.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: With my Media and Professional Communications major here at Pitt, I’m learning to refine my communications skills, which will hopefully help me better communicate better with future employers and within future companies. I’d actually like to work for Pitt in the future. I was born in Oakland, so it really feels like home here, and I’d like my future children to be able to also attend Pitt with financial benefits. Ideally, I’d like to be an engineer at the university working at the main campus.

Q: What activities are you involved in at Pitt?

A: I’m a part of the League of Legends club. Outside of Pitt activities, I also work at Lowe’s in the paint department, and I go to a lot of EDM concerts in the Pittsburgh area.

Q: Do you have any advice for your fellow Pitt students?

A: Don’t procrastinate. It’s hard to balance work and school and everything in between, but getting your work done early will help you down the line. Balance is key.