Director, Guest Experience, New York Mets
How did the University of New Haven prepare you for life after college?
When I attended UNH in the late ’90s, internships were not a part of the standard curriculum as they are today. My departmental advisors strongly encouraged me to spend my summer/winter breaks taking part in internships in order to build my resume and, eventually, stand out from other recent college graduates. The small class sizes at UNH allowed me to become familiar with my professors, which in turn made them much more approachable. The advice I received from these advisors and professors gave me the confidence to achieve my career goals.
What are some of your favorite memories about your time at UNH?
Some of my fondest memories are of being a campus resident. I will never forget the time I spent with my roommates and residence hall neighbors.
However, the 1997 Charger football season and the team’s amazing playoff run, sleeping outside later that year for tickets to see Adam Sandler perform stand-up at Dodds, my first internship as the mascot of AA baseball’s the New Haven Ravens, and weekends at various downtown music and entertainment venues are all definitely highlights of my time at UNH.
What would you change about your experience at UNH, if anything?
I transferred to UNH for my sophomore year. I’ve always wondered what it would have been like to begin as a freshman on campus. If I had started as a freshman, I would have had more electives at my disposal and could have used that opportunity to take more foreign language classes. Being fluent in Spanish would be very helpful at this point in my career.
What advice do you have for prospective students?
I would stress how competitive the job market is right now. Obtaining a degree from UNH will not convince anyone simply to hand you a career.
Use your time in school to gain some entry-level experience, through internships and volunteering, in the industry you plan to work in.
Ask your advisors if they know of any industry leaders you might contact. Use the alumni database to network.
Visit the on-campus Career Development Center to gain an advantage by mastering your interviewing, résumé-writing, and cover letter-writing skills.