Jess Bybee's Story
As an eighth-grader, Bybee watched a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of "Will and Grace." Seeing a table of writers pitching ideas and working collaboratively to make comedy resonated with her, and she’s had her sights on a career in comedy writing ever since.
Bybee admits having initially felt a little intimidated by the weight of attending Second City, but she soon learned she belonged. “With my English degree from Monmouth, I find that in terms of writing, I’m hanging well with the big dogs from colleges likes Harvard and Columbia.”
To that end, Bybee credits the “rigorous, well-rounded” curriculum of Monmouth’s English major.
She also credits an off-campus study experience in Florence and London while she was a Monmouth student.
“The half-semester in London is where I really came into my own,”
she said. “I saw 20 plays, and the more I watched, the more I realized that creative people do creative things with their careers, and I could do that, too.”
Tying it all together
When asked what she would tell a student who was considering Monmouth, Bybee replied,
“I’d tell them that Monmouth is the kind of college that really builds its students up.
It has a very personal way of educating students.
For me, that’s where the confidence came in, and that’s the confidence I needed to try something as ambitious as Second City.”