Less than a year after graduating from Monmouth University, Joseph Nardini is not only succeeding in the global entertainment industry, but is flourishing in it. Photo shoots, live events, access to offices overlooking Times Square, and more are now just some of the pieces of this MU alum's exciting work life. By landing internships with VH1 and MTV and working backstage at two consecutive MTV Video Music Awards, he was able to establish himself at Viacom, one of the biggest names in multi-platform entertainment. He was then offered a full-time position as a member of the on-air production management team at Nickelodeon, one of Viacom's most recognizable and most successful brands.
The first step of Nardini's career path was forged with his initial decision to attend Monmouth University as a business administration major with marketing and management concentrations. "MU seemed to balance the best of both worlds," he said, "I got to be close to New York, which is the business capital of success, and the beach is only a mile from campus. I could be close to home and have work, play, and a great education all in one place."
Nardini quickly displayed his aptitude for leadership by involving himself in campus activities. As president of Theta Xi fraternity, he led and maintained a respected and benevolent student organization. He organized and oversaw successful fundraisers for the fraternity's two philanthropies: Habitat for Humanity and The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. He was also a founding father of Monmouth's chapter of the Knights of Columbus.
"Theta Xi and the Knights of Columbus absolutely broadened my connections, and I met amazing people I wouldn't have met otherwise. Maintaining leadership roles at Monmouth really prepared me for the time management skills and responsibility necessary for a fast-paced professional atmosphere," said Nardini. He also found useful career guidance in Joe Mosca, PhD, a professor and advisor in the Leon Hess Business School.
"Dr. Mosca helped me get through my classes with a level head, and gave me great advice about the interview process. Our career beginnings were similar, so I really valued his insight," said Nardini. In addition to developing close relationships with Monmouth's faculty, he found friends with ease-and nearly injury.
"At summer orientation, when I was a freshman, I tripped down the stairs and fell on top of someone. I apologized and he ended up becoming my roommate, my fraternity brother, and one of my closest friends," he said.
"Monmouth has a naturally friendly atmosphere. The person you become is based on the people you meet and surround yourself with, and the campus is full of people you want to keep by your side." Nardini was able to share life-enhancing experiences with these same people when he chose to live in Florence, Italy for a semester through the study abroad program.
"I can honestly say that studying abroad changed my life. It opened my eyes and gave me educational value I couldn't have gotten anywhere else," he said.
Since his graduation in Spring 2014, Nardini has had even more eye opening opportunities, many of which he can confidently attribute to his time at Monmouth University.
"MU truly helped me take both my college experience and career to the next level, and it gave me the best time of my life."