Students of Tomorrow
Taking advantage of the athletic opportunities at the Institute has rounded out the academic experiences for two Wentworth students. For one, participating in the athletic program at Wentworth has led to career inspiration. These are only two examples among many of how a diversified education gives every student the opportunity to succeed.
Ryan Delgado, BSM ’13, hopes to turn his love of sports into a career. An athlete all his life, Delgado is now captain of the Wentworth baseball team and has taken his passion to the next level through the co-op program. “My whole thing is the do what you love theory,” he said. Delgado swapped his jersey for business attire each day during his co-ops, gaining two semesters of all-access media passes and experiences that many fans dream of.
Before he even started his first co-op during his junior year, Delgado was already making important connections for his career. He can thank his movie theater job back home for helping him land his first co-op. When Comcast Sportsnet’s Tom Curran, a host for the Patriots Insider show, walked in one day, Delgado, working then as a cashier, introduced himself. Later, he reached out to the sports commentator. The connection landed him a co-op job with Comcast SportsNet New England.
During his Comcast SportsNet co-op, Delgado assisted in the production of shows by transcribing interviews, putting together clips for game highlights, and going on field visits with the company. “I was able to go in the locker room, see all the players, talk to all the Boston media personnel, do pre-game interviews, post-game interviews, and sit in the press box during the game,” he said.
This led to his second co-op his senior year, where he became a marketing intern with the Atlanta Hawks. There he helped the creative department review billboard, radio, and television ads, and assisted the corporate sales department at promotional events for the team and affiliated businesses.
By the end of his second co-op, Delgado’s list of connections had dramatically increased. “It was really neat to meet all the local heralded Boston sportswriters and personalities,” he said, “people that I grew up listening to and watching.” This even included watching a Celtics game in the break room with Tom Heinsohn, who has served as a player, coach, and broadcaster for the Boston Celtics.
Delgado aspires to one day run a team rather than play for it. “My dream job would be to be a general manager of a major league baseball team,” he said.
Interior Design ’15
“My dream job would be having my own design firm that designs hospitals overseas”—that’s the goal of Wentworth interior design student, Ashleigh Savage, BINT ’15. With years of experience at health care facilities already, she’s well on her way.
“We take for granted the fact that we have the ability to choose hospitals and doctors, while many people don’t even have a hospital,” said Savage, the treasurer of the Student Association of Interior Design, SAID.
In the classroom, Savage favors her Technical Studies course. In it, she learns about the properties of materials she will use during her career, such as stone, carpet, glass, metal, wood, ceilings, new materials, and more. Her interior design professor, Herbert Fremin, inspires her. “He will help you in any way he can,” Savage said. “He cares about his students and wants them to succeed.”
Outside of the classroom, Savage is a women’s varsity lacrosse team mid-fielder. “Playing lacrosse is one of my favorite things about Wentworth,” Savage said. “This year is the first year the women’s lacrosse team has been a varsity sport and not just a club, and it’s great to finally start being recognized by the school as a competing team.”
For Savage, the choice of whether to live on or off campus was easy. Living on campus would mean a shorter walk to classes and studio, which would mean more productivity. Plus, having a roommate turned out to be a great learning experience, says Savage. “It wasn’t easy, but I got used to it very quickly, and I learned to love it.”