Nate Giocondo graduated in May of 2019 with a major in Communication and Film Studies and a minor in Marketing. He is now working at the United Way of Central New York, taking the skills, acumen, and confidence he built over his four years on the Heights to enhance and promote the mission and vision of this Central New York not for profit juggernaut.
In reflecting on his time here at Le Moyne, Nate says, “Le Moyne truly taught me how to be a well-rounded person. I discovered a confidence that I never knew I had thanks to the help of my amazing professors and through my experiences on campus. I feel that I learned a lot in both the classroom and outside of it.” He will be able to take these experiences and work to support development efforts at the United Way. He notes, “ I believe my first Communications class I ever took at Le Moyne, Public Speaking, set the groundwork for me to follow this path. Before I took Public Speaking I usually shied away from speaking in front of groups of people, but I quickly overcame this fear and actually ended up enjoying it.” In facing the uncomfortable, Nate found new strength.
Nate found strength in other areas as well and in that discovery, he found out about himself. “My time at Le Moyne opened my eyes to the many different job paths one can take within a field. I went into school thinking I was going to be a sports journalist, but I quickly found that I was more interested in other career opportunities. The wide range of classes and specialties expose you to many different skill sets that you may not even know that you have.” The liberal arts approach worked to diversify Nate’s worldview and his future ambitions in a positive way.
As far as advice fellow Phins, he offers: “Not to be clichéd but try new things. I would have never ended up where I am now if I didn’t take a few random classes or work an internship I was unsure of. College is the perfect time to figure some things out as internships are temporary, classes are temporary, but the knowledge you gain will be with you forever.”
Communication and Film Studies