Sam Nunes ’13, Grassroots Marketing Coordinator, New England Revolution
“My experience at Merrimack has truly helped shape the professional I am today. From the classroom to the field, I made such incredible relationships and learned so much about myself and my own capabilities.”
For Sam, an internship opportunity with New England Revolution as a student is what really propelled him into a career in sports.
He was offered a position at a sports coaching company running sports programs across the East. During his time with this company, he started as a sports development manager, and was quickly promoted to regional director. In 2016, Sam came full circle when he stumbled upon an open position at New England Revolution, the company that had impacted him greatly as a Merrimack student. Sam was offered the position, and is now the Grassroots Marketing Coordinator at New England Revolution.
How did your experience at Merrimack help you as a professional?
My experience at Merrimack has truly helped shape the professional I am today. Without the experience, knowledge, and relationships I took away from Merrimack, I would be in a totally different place. From the classroom to the field, I made such incredible relationships and learned so much about myself and my own capabilities. For those reasons, I am where I am today.
What is the best advice you could give current Merrimack students?
My best piece of advice would be to never let go of what it is you know in your heart you want to do. It takes a lot of self-reflection and deep analysis to decide what you really love and want to continue on doing, but it is so worthwhile and you will be thankful you did in the long-term. With that comes the decision of money versus happiness. Sometimes, both come hand-in-hand, but many times, one comes at the cost of the other. There were times I personally struggled throughout my career, but when it came down to it, I remembered I was doing something I loved, and no one could put a monetary value on that.
What is your Favorite Merrimack memory?
There are way too many memories to pick a favorite, but I can sum them up into the relationships I made. I sometimes wonder where I would be and how my life would be different if I chose a different school, but I always come back to the notion that I met some of the best people in my life at Merrimack. With Merrimack being such a small school, you really connect with people and develop such a strong bond, and for me, those relationships have continued and strengthened, even after moving back to New Jersey.