Please introduce yourself, the year you graduated, and what was your major when you graduated?
My name is Michael Collazo. I am a native of Philadelphia, PA and currently live in Northern N.J. I am a 1999 grad from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where I was a Broadcast Journalism major. I was a Political Science minor.
What was your Syracuse University experience like when you attended?
Going to SU was truly a dream come true. In middle school I had heard lots of the major sports broadcasters attended Newhouse so getting admitted was a personal highlight. While on campus, I got involved with La Lucha (on which I was on the board sophomore year), SAS and some campus media outlets like Z89, La Voz and The Black Voice. I met most of my closest friends there. I like to think I learned how to improve as a academic, as a leader and as a person. I even got to experience the hoops team in the Final Four and the football team in a January bowl game. Not a bad run! :) I had a great time.
What did you do post-SU?
Well, I changed course a little. While interviewing for news producer gigs in exotic locales like Boise, Idaho and Pensacola, Florida, I decided that wasn’t my passion. So I then started a news web site which failed. Then while watching the 2001 World Series, I decided to work in baseball. So eventually I got a paid internship in minor league baseball which started my career in mostly group and premium ticket sales. I worked for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers for one year, worked with the Newark Bears minor league baseball team for six years then served as Group Sales Manager at Prudential Center until last spring.
Last year I started Dahday which is company that helps sell tickets for live event venues and promoters. Some of our clients include Apollo Theater, Beyond Sports & Entertainment, NJPAC and Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.
What’s the best advice you would give to current students?
First, take advantage of the full academic experience. Take the 300 level class – stuff that will challenge you. Use that library. Get involved with activities. Second, more than ever, it’s important to figure out while you are a student what career path you want to start when you graduate. So intern, work, network, etc. as much as you can. Internships will get you in the door, will teach you what you hate and love and informs you how to get that path to the dream job. Get started now!
What do you think about LANSU Scholarship?
LANSU is a great start towards building a Latino legacy at Syracuse University. It provides an opportunity to develop a more independent scholarship space for our student community. We remember – getting a books scholarship worked fine! Everything helps.
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