Alumni lend support and advice

By Lauren Sharkey
October 28, 2005

Jerry Zurek

“If you can make money doing something you love, well, isn’t that what people dream of?” Vincent Martino said to the collaboration of freshman gathered in the Mansion on Sunday, Oct. 16. Martino and several other Cabrini alumni returned to the college in the hope of sharing their wisdom with the class of 2009.

The panelists ranged from having degrees in education to instructional design and technology. Also, the graduation dates spanned from 1998 up to as recently as 2005. However, their advice paralleled each other’s in many ways.

Selecting a major can be a very stressful and intimidating process. Signing your name on that carbon paper is probably one of the most important and life-defining events you will participate in during your academic career. However, the general consensus among the panelists was that it is acceptable at this point in your young adult life not to have a major.

The advice given to the undecided freshman was rich in applicability.

Jenne Castellini, a 2005 graduate and education major, encouraged students who are torn between majors to talk to professors in the field and to take a diverse amount of courses to better help discover your passion. The freshmen were advised to maintain a strong portfolio, and diversify their field placement. Professionalizing yourself is key in any field when applying for any job. The students were also urged to maintain strong relationships with their professors, due to the fact that is how many of these alumni managed to obtain jobs post-graduation.

Vincent DeFruscio, an English and communication major on the panel, said, “The biggest mistake you can make as a freshman is not getting involved with the school. Do not disregard what your professors tell you, but know yourself better than anyone else and go with your instinct.”

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