Mount Saint Mary College alumni taking part in the recent “Transitioning into Life After College Athletics” panel were, left to right: Claire Newman, Nicole Cervone, Anthony Paggiotta, and Cullen Roper.
Mount Saint Mary College students got some insight from recent alumni at the “Transitioning into Life After College Athletics” panel on Monday, November 13.
The Mount’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the Student Business Association hosted the panel, which featured four student-athlete alumni: Nicole Cervone (lacrosse), Claire Newman (soccer), Anthony Paggiotta (lacrosse) and Cullen Roper (baseball).
The participants spoke about how effective time management, teamwork, and leadership skills have a direct correlation with success in one’s career. They also noted the importance of networking with mentors, friends, and alumni.
Roper noted that he’s taking every opportunity he can, whether it’s coaching little league baseball or networking with fellow Mount alumni. As a recent college graduate, he explained how different life has become.
“The amount of time on my hands is crazy,” he explained. “The most important thing you can do is to find a hobby,” preferably one that can build up marketable skills.
Cervone explained that sometimes things don’t work out the way you think they will, and sometimes, it’s OK to change your plans. She also shared that skills learned from athletics, such as having goals and working well with a team, are skills that are highly valued in the work world.