As someone who has played lacrosse since 8th grade, Nick DiMaggio, ’16, knew that he wanted to play at the college level. He remembers being on a campus visit when Coach Jacob DeCola said to him, “You can go anywhere and be successful in lacrosse, but at Albion we will teach you how to be a superstar on and off the field.” After an impressive first-round win in the NCAA Division III Championship play-offs, President Ditzler met the team at the bus at 3:00 a.m. to congratulate them. Nick says this is a perfect example of the support that you get at Albion, which ranges from your peers to even the College’s president.
Not only has Albion allowed him to be part of a winning team, but the experiences he’s gained outside of the classroom have been invaluable. Nick is a member of the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management, which allowed him to travel to France where he worked with students from Ecole Superieure de Vente (SDV), a French business school. “We did marketing research on products that we thought would do well in the real world,” he says. “Gerstacker really teaches you how to think in a more strategic way by providing you with real-world experiences. If I can’t find the opportunity that I’m looking for, the professors will help create one for me.”
Additionally, Nick has been working as an intern in the College’s marketing and communications department throughout the summer. This experience has given him a glance of what the industry is like and the level of work that goes into executing creative ideas. “This internship has really prepared me for the real world by showing me what day-to-day life is like in marketing.”
When asked to summarize his Albion experience so far, he describes it as creative. “The best hands-on learning experiences happen here because the professors recognize what you’re good at and interested in. They actually take the time to come up with creative ways to bring the best out of you,” he says.
Nick encourages prospective students to think about what type of team they want to be a part of for the rest of their lives when they’re deciding which school to attend. “There’s something really unique about being a Briton. There’s a family atmosphere here that gives you a warm and welcoming feeling, and it continues after you graduate. People’s eyes light up when they talk about being a Briton, and it’s a team that I’m proud to be on.”