My college experience at St. Mike's absolutely trained me for what I am today: a lifelong New England sports fan working at my dream job as a sportscaster for New England Sports Network (NESN). I mean, here I am, a Red Sox fan all the way back to when I was a kid growing up in Lewiston, Maine, and now my job is to host NESN's pre-game and post-game shows for Red Sox game broadcasts and do some field reporting.
Oscar Madison of The Odd Couple was my idol; all I wanted was to go to games and not pay to see them, but then my time at St. Mike's exposed me to a sports journalism world much bigger than I had imagined. I never would have landed where I am without the training I received majoring in journalism at Saint Michael's.
The guidance I got from my professors was invaluable - as was the break I got from the sports information director, who hired me as his student assistant and helped me learn to write and cover ice hockey.
When young people talk with me about jobs or internships I urge them to not just think about broadcasting but to get a liberal arts degree, to learn journalism and especially to learn to write. While a student at St. Mike's I learned some of my most important lessons while covering games, and those kinds of experiences are a big part of the education you get there.