The second installment in our series featuring Nazareth’s most recent alumni features Matt Maloney, a 2014 grad of Naz who double majored in History and Spanish.
What are you doing now?
After spending a year in Andorra as a Fulbright grantee, I’ve taken a job working at Syracuse University College of Law as the Admissions Operations Coordinator. I do a lot of the data processing for the Law School’s applications, and I manage our communications with prospective law students throughout the admissions process.
What is your fondest memory of your time at Naz?
My fondest memories of Naz were the ways I was able to get really involved within our micro-community. I not only enjoyed college more fully, but also gained tangible skills through my varied involvement at Naz. I built leadership skills on the field as the captain of the ultimate team for three years; I gained public speaking and interpersonal skills as the host of a radio show, a presenter at academic conferences, and a Student Ambassador at the Admissions Office; I developed cultural competencies through a semester abroad and through time spent volunteering at a Rochester charter school. I was able to grow as an individual, and I had a lot of fun while doing it.
As someone who’s been through the entire college experience, what’s some advice you have for incoming freshman?
I think that graduates will find that the world gets a whole lot bigger and more unpredictable once college is over. If you didn’t take advantage of the free and easy opportunities to get involved across campus, it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll be an engaged member of your community after graduation. Because I was in the habit of staying busy, I’ve tried to stay active. While in Europe last year, I participated in the Spanish National Championship for ultimate and met weekly with a Catalan language partner (ultimately becoming fluent in the language). Now that I’m in Syracuse, and commuting to work on my bike, I’m looking for ways to get involved in the sustainable transportation advocacy movement.
Read more of our alumni profiles here: Mary Bonomo 15′, Visual and Communication Design, Nicole Andolina ’15, Political Science and Legal Studies, Jenn Lachell ’15, Marketing, Audrey Lawrence ’14, Social Work, Hayley Johnson ’15, English and Kelsey Sweet ’15, Communications and Media