Senior offensive guard Julian Santos has maximized his Duke experience this summer, visiting NBC4 New York for a day and getting the grand tour of 30 Rockefeller Center. The East Lake, Fla., native reflected on the trip in his own words.
As a kid living in suburban Tampa, Fla., I rarely experienced a bustling city atmosphere aside from occasional visits to Raymond James Stadium, the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
However, earlier this summer during a weekend workshop hosted by the Duke Football Future Initiative, I was able to experience firsthand what a city can help me discover and achieve. I would have never had the opportunity to experience the world and network outside of my niche if it wasn’t for Jamin Pastore, president and CEO of JP Capital Management, a private equity firm that specializes in the acquisition and operation of middle market manufacturing, health care, commodity brokerage as well as other types of value-added distribution and service companies.
Jamin also happens to be married to the highly skilled and talented Natalie Pasquarella, a news anchor and reporter for NBC4 New York. Through multiple conversations with Natalie regarding my interest in broadcasting and reporting, I discovered that the best way for me to experience the inner workings of a newsroom was to visit a big-time newsroom, particularly in New York City.
When I arrived in the city, I was immediately thrown into the pool of taxi-hailing, determined and, seemingly always busy, locals. I took the opportunity to explore the city with my free time by catching a cab to Midtown, riding the subway to Kips Bay and walking through Times Square. Since this was my first time in a big city, I tried to get as good of a feel for a big city as I could in the time I was there.
The following morning is where all the stars aligned for me. I met with a senior editor at New York Live, an editor for New York 4’s investigation team and was able to sit in on a live news broadcast, all while touring the historic 30 Rockefeller Center.
I was floored with the bustling, energetic and amazing atmosphere that I was able to experience for a day. The conversations and advice that I garnered from this experience are some of the building blocks for the next steps in my professional career.
I learned I want to be in a city like New York while working with people like those at 30 Rockefeller Center. Everyone I met there was incredibly giving of their time and wisdom to help an undergrad student better understand what to expect in the field of broadcasting and reporting and what to do next, especially in NYC.
I walked away from my time in New York and at 30 Rock with an intense feeling of gratitude toward Duke University, the Duke Football Future Initiative program, Natalie and Jamin, and all those who took even one minute to speak with me during my time there.
Seeing the employees interact with each other and work together all while reporting and broadcasting was such an awe-inspiring feeling. It is one I have committed to chasing after experiencing it firsthand.
I am incredibly grateful for those who gave a kid a look at his first big city. I will remember the feeling I had and the desire of being on that set again someday as motivation toward a career in broadcasting and reporting.