How Loyola's Student-Athletes Are Spending Their Summer Vacation

Aug. 7, 2008

By Nathan Green '11
Loyola Athletic Communications

This summer many student athletes at Loyola College have been taking advantage of their time to pursue internships. This is a path that many take at Loyola to gain experience in their particular fields of study. They have proven to be very beneficial seeing that these internships also give many a jumpstart on the particular career interests of these student athletes after graduation.

Star Men's Soccer goalkeeper Milos Kocic is using his summer to gain more experience in the business world. He is currently working at the Merrill Lynch firm in Baltimore. Milos, a business major from Serbia, loves the experience that he is getting working at Merrill Lynch.

"I am getting a lot of exposure in the field of financial advising," Milos said. "I get the opportunity to attend business meetings with other colleagues in the company. This teaches me how to talk to the clients by sitting in these meetings, giving me the skills necessary to work in the business world." In addition to this, he also is doing administrative work for the company this summer.

Men's Basketball junior forward Jawaan Wright is using his time to work at the local St. Ambrose Center in Baltimore. At St. Ambrose, he tutors the youth and he also works with older kids in the GED program.

"I feel that it is very important that I help out others," he said. "As a student-athlete at Loyola, I am in a position to be of assistance to those in need and that is exactly what I am doing here."

His work as a camp counselor is very important to his interaction with younger kids as far as being a positive male role model for them as well.

"I want to continue to work with kids whenever I can get a chance to do so," Wrightsaid. "I look to coach AAU basketball with my father in the future and use my experiences to be a positive reinforcement for younger athletes."

Women's Soccer junior midfielder Colleen Kinealy is enjoying her time at Stegman and Co. Accounting Firm in Hunt Valley, Md. Over the summer she has taken the position as a staff accountant at the company. While there, she has specifically dealt with 401k audits and traveling to clients.

"This experience is priceless," she said. "It has given me the tools necessary to work in the professional world. I have applied the things that I have learned in the classroom to this internship with Stegman and Co."

Teammate Amanda Piccirilli is enjoying her time with The Reporter in her hometown of Lansdale, Pa. At the newspaper company, the senior goalkeeper writes specifically for the Lifestyle section and she also is given the opportunity to write certain feature stories for the newspaper.

"I really value the experience in which I am gaining while at The Reporter," she said. "I have grown as a writer. I feel that I am getting an idea of what the print media business is like and I definitely know that this is something I want to do in the future."

In addition to these athletes participating in summer internships, there are several others who also have taken the time to do internships this summer. Among them are Men's Basketball student-athletes Marquis Sullivan (The Learning Bank), and Dan Ficke (Washington Capitals); Ashley Alexander (The Arc of Baltimore) of Women's Basketball; Men's Lacrosse student- athletes Dan Farruggio (Enterprise), Michael Crimmins (Mid-Atlantic Sports Network),and Colin Finnerty (NBC Television); and Kristen Ford (TESSCO Technologies) of Women's Track and Field.

These student-athletes set a great example of what it means to be a well-rounded student at Loyola. All of these athletes are preparing for their upcoming seasons, while also preparing themselves for the professional world.