The Milan Expo is Next Step for Alumna Valeria Borghetti

U.S. Ambassador to Italy John Philips, Valeria Borghetti, and Minister Councilor Daniel Hall

U.S. Ambassador to Italy John Philips, Valeria Borghetti, and Minister Councilor Daniel Hall

“When I first applied to John Cabot University three years ago, I was a confused 18-year-old from a small town near Messina, in Sicily. I had turned down my acceptance at Fordham University in New York to stay in Italy and obtain a U.S. degree from an American University. That turned out to be the best choice I ever made. The dynamism and constant stimuli I received from John Cabot provided me with continuous growth.

I found myself in a new world, with a diverse student body and a wealth of opportunities from which to choose. After a first semester as an undeclared major, I decided to pursue a degree in International Business with a minor in Communications. I also immediately became involved in student clubs, starting as a Student Government Senator for almost two years. I then joined the Business Club first as Vice President and then as President. I also served as Vice President of the Women’s Leadership Initiative, which gave me insight into the importance of empowering women.

The Career Services Center opened up incredible doors for me, allowing me to get real-world experience. I have just finished a one-year internship at the Customer Service Center at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, which has been phenomenal. Before this, I interned at Numi, a real estate and software engineering company in Rome for six months. I then represented the company in several conferences throughout Italy. Last but not least, I worked at JCU’s Institute for Entrepreneurship.

And now I am getting ready for my next challenge: the Milan Expo. I will be joining a team of 120 student ambassadors at the U.S.A. Pavilion of the Milan Expo this summer. The group was selected among 1,000 students from all over the world.

I know John Cabot has given me the tools and knowledge to create a successful future for myself. Small class sizes with teachers who really push you to your full potential so that theory can be combined with practical applications give you a wider understanding of complex issues.John Cabot is the place where your hard work, preparation and determination can help you become someone who will make a difference in tomorrow’s world.”