Our alumni have tucked a wealth of wisdom into the stories written about them over the years. With Commencement on May 11 approaching faster than can be believed, we mined some nuggets of advice from our archives that may apply to anyone, but especially to the Class of 2019 as they prepare to graduate and put their education into action.
Be Bold & Never Forget Your Roots
Today, Ethan Casson ’96 is the CEO of the Minnesota Timberwolves, but to break into the industry, he had to have the gumption to cold call every single NBA team.
“More than 20 years ago, it began with a question: Do I have what it takes to work in professional sports? It manifested itself in the classroom, the library, during summer internships, and amongst my friends and teammates. So more than ever, I have nostalgia for Colby-Sawyer,” Casson said. “I take a great deal of pride in where I went to school, and if I can contribute to the education of students who have a dream and put their plans in place — if I can participate indirectly, directly, financially, with a call, with an internship, whatever it might be, I want to be involved in that. None of us should forget or take for granted where our journeys began.”
Read more about Casson’s journey and previous experience as chief revenue officer at the San Francisco 49ers at colby-sawyer.edu/stories/where-it-began.