April 8, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - Student-athletes from Lafayette's fall and winter team participated in the second Maroon Club Career Development Series on Thursday evening in Pfenning Alumni Center. The event was designed to prepare student-athletes for life after Lafayette through shared professional experiences and networking opportunities with 11 alumni student-athletes.
The alumni panel included: Barry Bregman '77 (Football/Men's Lacrosse), Lindsey Calla '07 (Women's Lacrosse), Angela Coxe '03 (Track and Field/Cheerleading), Mark Enman '84 (Men's Lacrosse), Jamie Hughes '05 (Men's Basketball), Cindy Oaks Linville '80 (Field Hockey/Women's Lacrosse), Despina Karabots McNulty '81 (Women's Lacrosse), John Moser '81 (Men's Lacrosse), Matthew Potter '07 (Football), Laura Roberts '79 (Field Hockey/Women's Basketball/Women's Lacrosse), Michael Winograd '92 (Men's Soccer).
The panel members described their careers as student-athletes on College Hill and how those experiences shaped their professional lives. They emphasized that those student-athletes who are confident, strong and competitive hold the components necessary to be successful.
"Lafayette student-athletes already have the advantage of working on a team, having a great work ethic and knowing how to work things out not give up," said Enman, of Man Investments.
Moser, the Chief Brand and Marketing Officer at Denihan Hospitality Group, added, "Playing on a team helps you work together and come together to achieve the same goal. You also know how to motivate people as a result of being a student-athlete and that is what employers are looking for in hiring."
Winograd, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C. of Counsel, explained how being a student-athlete helps you through professional problems.
"Playing a sport makes your physically and mentally tough. You have the upper hand on being able to multi-task and mange your time. While at Lafayette, you as student-athletes learn how to juggle your lives. With classes, practice, meetings, games and a social life; you might not realize it now, but it is the same in the real world just with different tasks."
Bregman, CT Partners Vice Chairman, ended the discussion with advice for everyone to take and think about.
"Set expectations for yourself, life will be a journey. Life will not be laid out in a straight line for you or anyone to follow. You need to take chances and not be afraid just enjoy the journey."