Jan 17, 2017
FSC alumni go on to do great things. Through four years of hard work and dedication, they can go on to become successful in any field. One example of our students doing this is in alumnus Dave Del Col. Since graduating in 2012, Dave has become the National Sales Director for Professional Sports Publications. Dave may be doing well now, but he got his foundations for success here.
Where are you originally from?
Princeton, New Jersey
Why did you choose to attend FSC?
The campus is spectacularly beautiful and in a great location. The class sizes are small and the staff is always upbeat/ interactive. It just felt like home away from home.
What was the communications major like for you?
I actually started off as a business major because it seemed like the go-to for a guy who didn't have a definitive career choice at the time. The spring of my sophomore year I decided to change to advertising and public relations because I felt that would let me be more creative. Coincidentally, I had already accrued enough credits within the business discipline that I only needed one more class to obtain the minor.
What did you do in your free time as a student?
Lakeland, as a small city, provides easy access to the entirety of central Florida. visitcentralflorida.org is an outstanding resource to give you a better idea of what you can accomplish in your spare time. I would highly recommend a camping trip to Caladesi Island, not only is it free and close by, it's one of the most beautiful places in the world.
What extracurriculars were you involved in on campus?
The extracurricular activities I participated in were predominantly through my fraternity. Not to say that everyone's experience would be the same because you can do plenty beyond Greek life, I simply chose to stay in that niche. The activities I found most rewarding were our philanthropic and intramural endeavors.
Did you enjoy your time in Greek life? What were your experiences with it?
Absolutely, Lambda Chi til I die. I was elected to our chapter's executive board as a freshman. I went on to hold the positions of alumni relations, social engagement, and treasurer, while remaining a part of the executive board during that span. My senior year I was elected by brothers from all the chapters in our region to represent us on the international board of directors. At our final conference that year our chapter was awarded the Grand High Alpha award, something we wanted since my freshman year. This award is a culmination of three years of consistently showing exemplary performance in all facets of our core values. It was an honor to serve my brothers during this time and I could not have been more proud of what we were able to accomplish at FSC.
Do you think FSC helped contribute to your success?
110%. FSC stays on the move and, in my opinion, provides the ideal environment for anyone's success. It doesn't matter if you know what you want or have no idea at all, FSC will help you mold yourself into anyone you want to become.
What inspired your career path towards sports advertising?
Passion for the sports industry and the gift of gab.
What do you like about being a national sales director?
There is a lot to like about my job now: being next to Madison Square Garden in the big apple is awesome, the people I work with and the management are outstanding, the hours are great (8-5), and the perks are awesome (tickets/happy hours/sports leagues). This job also allows me to stay within an industry I am very passionate about, which is essential if you want to succeed.
What does your day look like?
My day starts at 6:30 a.m. and I'll leave my apartment by 7:30 to be at work before 8:00 (the trip is all of 15-20 minutes from New Jersey). From 8:00-12:30 I work on a variety of different projects working to drive sales throughout multiple industries. Break for an hour for lunch and get back to work until 5:00 (or if I work late until 6:30-7:00). When I get home I'll get in a workout, cook up some dinner, and relax a little before repeating.
What are your plans going forward?
I have no plans going forward, really. Life has shown me that no matter how much you plan for anything it is never set in stone. I'd rather pound the pavement and be the best I can. When you work hard people notice and good things tend to come your way.
What have you learned in the field that’s different from what you learned as a student?
The field is a lot faster and there is a lot more improvisation. While studying, there is generally something to learn, which you then need to replicate to prove understanding. In the field there is no guidebook to reference, instead you have to try, fail, and try again. Don’t be afraid or timid, everyone goes through it so your colleagues will relate.
What advice do you have for current students or young alumni?
Stop underestimating yourself. The world isn't crafted by your expectations, it's crafted by your interactions. The more you put yourself out there, the more people you meet, the more causes you impact, those will be the moments that get you places and fill you with a sense of purpose.
Try to look at society and question what kind of impact you want to make on the world. Too many people go through the motions for a paycheck and get caught in a rut wondering when things became so stagnant.
Never quit something you sincerely care about, no matter how many times you fail or how much people drag you down. And I'll leave you with a quote:
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” – Bruce Lee