A job finds you

I received an email from former student Michael Madry last week. He wanted to catch me up on what’s happening in his life.
Mike was a Luzerne County Community College student a few years ago. He started out dreaming of a career in sports broadcasting but while in college also discovered the joy of writing and took every class he could to hone those skills as well. Few students I’ve encountered in 27 years at the college worked harder than Mike.
It appears to be paying off.
Mike graduated from Temple in January with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. He recently secured a position as a public relations coordinator for the Pennsylvania Republican House of Representatives. He wrote that he is living in Harrisburg and working in the state Capitol. He writes press releases, email “blasts,” as he put it, and newsletters and manages social media for several house members. “I am working and using what I learned in school,” he wrote along with some complimentary things about his experience at LCCC.
Mike’s letter came just a few days after I enjoyed a long chat with former LCCC student Brian Parise at the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Banquet. Brian was a journalism major and, like Mike, an excellent student. He has gone on to a career in education and is now principal at Selinsgrove High School. He has three children and coaches his daughter’s soccer team.
Earlier this semester another former student stopped by the college to say hello and to explore opportunities for collaborations between students at Crestwood High School and LCCC. Joseph Gorham is superintendent at Crestwood. Seems like yesterday, although it was actually in the early ’90s, that Joe was one of our promising broadcasting students.
Whenever I talk with Joe the name of one of his former LCCC classmates usually comes up: Joe Pisaneschi. Joe is now Father Joe Pisaneschi, beloved pastor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Swoyersville.
These four, along with many of our LCCC Communications Arts graduates, have something in common: they are happy.
They also are perfect examples of something I tell students all the time: you don’t find a job, a job finds you. Your only responsibility, I add, is to be the most awesome you you can be.
These four took that to heart. And just look at them now.

Ed Ackerman