Dominic Meola ’21, G’23 is following in his father’s footsteps in two ways: First, as a business student, studying in the BS Financial Planning/MBA program, and second, as a student-athlete at Saint Rose, although in lacrosse rather than baseball.
Hailing from Amsterdam, New York, and a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, Meola has particularly enjoyed the service opportunities presented to him at the Huether School of Business, including helping collect pasta donations for local food pantries and mentoring and training high school students from Columbia High School for the Saint Rose Capital District Sales Skills Challenge.
What are your career plans/goals?
After achieving my BS and MBA, I hope to work either as a financial advisor at a local firm or as a salesperson for a local business. Upon completing an appropriate amount of years and gaining experience, I aspire to become an entrepreneur and start either my own financial advising firm or create my own small business.
What do you love about your major?
Within my major, I love the ability to learn from so many diverse fields within business. I’ve developed strong communication skills through various different courses. I’ve learned multiple different marketing and sales strategies. I’ve learned about the ins and outs of the finance world, such as the finance market, tax codes, and insurance planning. I’ve also learned useful administration skills that will contribute to a career as a manager if the opportunity presents itself. Being able to study many different sectors of the business world has helped me build a unique portfolio of skills for myself.
What drew you to the Huether School of Business and/or Saint Rose?
Since I was a little kid, I always knew my father played baseball at The College of Saint Rose in the 1980s and achieved his business administration degree from there. When deciding on where to attend school for a degree in business, my father told me to take a look at CSR as a benchmark in my search. After noticing the many different programs they had available, I took an academic visit to the school and was wowed by the caring faculty and the well-rounded degrees they provided to students. In addition to loving the school academically, I was offered to play on the men’s lacrosse team going into my senior year of high school and discovered that I wanted to stay close to home to be near my family for college and attend Saint Rose.
What classes have you found the most valuable so far?
Some of the most valuable classes I’ve taken so far have been Marketing Management, Personal Selling and Negotiation, Business Communications, and Investment I. I enjoyed each of my professors and was interested in the material each class provided.
Have you done an internship yet? If so, what was it and how has it helped you?
I have not done an internship yet but have been actively searching for one in either the finance or sales field for this summer.
Tell me about your extracurricular activities. I know you are a lacrosse player, are you involved in any other clubs/organizations?
Outside of being a member of the lacrosse team here, I have been assisting Mark Michalisin in various community service activities. In the fall, I was able to help Mark collect 1,800 pounds of pasta with numerous others for the 2020 Pasta Grab. I’ve also assisted in the Saint Rose Capital District Sales Skills Challenge where I was able to help mentor and train high schoolers from Columbia High School to compete against several other local schools in a fictional sales scenario, which was an enjoyable experience.