Commencement 2018: Student-Athlete Sam Knollmeyer
August 14, 2018
Whether he was on the basketball court, working in the classroom, or serving his community, Sam Knollmeyer, BSM ‘18, was an exemplary face of Wentworth. Apart from his various academic awards, such as being named the President’s Award recipient for the Business Management Department, he excelled in athletics where he was named two-time Defensive Player of the Year by the Commonwealth Coast Conference. Knollmeyer was also dedicated to giving back to his community. For his capstone, he connected with local businesses and community organizations to monetize a commercial kitchen for the Eliot Congregational Church of Roxbury and provide community food services for the people of Dudley Square and the surrounding areas.
What is your favorite thing about your Wentworth experience?
I absolutely loved going to school in the city. Living in Boston ties into so many different aspects of the school. Socially, there’s so much to do and explore. Professionally, there are so many great companies within shouting distance that the opportunities are endless. And academically, you have access to so many resources and you have the opportunity to do some projects that could end up truly making a difference.
How has Wentworth prepared you for post-graduate life?
Through my co-op experience, I have learned an immense amount about different industries, business practices, and even just industry information in general. Wentworth has done a great job preparing us to be active, contributing team members to any organization we may join. I have also had the opportunity to work on projects involving real organizations that have the ability to affect change in the real world.
What are you planning to do after commencement?
I’m planning to live and work in Boston after I graduate. I love the city and there are some great opportunities here. I’m interested in the marketing/advertising field and am looking to land a job at a big advertising agency.
Who is someone at Wentworth that you’ve greatly admired or looked up to?
My capstone mentor, David Mareira. He was incredibly helpful and supportive throughout my whole capstone process, even when I changed my idea pretty late in the game. His positivity, advice, and ability to connect with just about everyone he meets was invaluable to the development and execution of my project.
What advice would you offer to students entering Wentworth?
Get involved as early and often as possible. I realize this is a bit of a cliché, but it really holds some truth. The connections you make with people at Wentworth will help you academically, professionally, and socially. Not to mention the memorable experiences you’ll have along the way.
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