NECC 2020 Graduate : Mike Stellato
Name: Mike Stellato
Major: Business Transfer
High School and year of graduation: Lynnfield High School ’17
Did you attend another college or university prior to enrolling at NECC? I attended Endicott College/Salem State for a semester.
What brought you to Northern Essex? I came to NECC for the opportunity to further my baseball career after shoulder surgery.
Why did you chose your major? I chose my major because I planned to earn my associate degree and then transfer to a four-year school and earn a bachelor’s degree in business finance.
Did you participate in any extracurricular activities? I was a member of Phi Theta Kappa (business honors society) and captain of the NECC Knights baseball team.
What are you planning for fall 2020? In the fall of 2020, I will continue my academic and baseball career at Bryant University.
What did you appreciate most about NECC? I appreciated the opportunity to better myself as a student, athlete, and overall person.
Was there a faculty or staff member who was especially helpful? If yes, how did they help you? Amy Joyall, my academic coach, was definitely the most influential person on campus who helped me achieve my goals. She was always there for me when I needed it the most and was constantly motivating me to be my best self in the classroom and on the field. She would constantly communicate with me to see if I needed any help on assignments and was there for me when I was choosing my next school to attend. She truly made my time at NECC more enjoyable and could always put a smile on my face.
What surprised you most about NECC? What surprised me most about NECC was how welcoming members of the faculty were, and how diverse it was as well.
What advice would you give an incoming NECC freshman? I would advise any incoming freshman to use their time at NECC wisely; with the right mindset and work ethic you can achieve whatever you want to.
What would people be surprised to know about you? I think people would be surprised to know that before I enrolled at NECC, I attended a Division 3 school for baseball and was cut during tryouts. After getting surgery on my shoulder, I made it a goal to silence all doubt and better myself. After getting an opportunity at NECC to do just so, I worked hard everyday on and off the field and achieved a long-time goal of receiving a Division 1 Baseball Scholarship. I couldn’t have done it without the help of Coach Mejia, and NECC as a whole.
What are you long term career/education plans? My ultimate long-term goal is to play professional baseball, wherever that may be. However, once the days of baseball end, I would love to start my own business.