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Roberto Joseph Arena

 Major: Criminal Justice

Hometown: Sparta, NJ

What makes Caldwell University unique or special?

Caldwell is unique because of the very diverse student population. You are able to learn about many cultures and ways of life that are different from your own. The friendships and relationships I built here are simply priceless. Caldwell helped shaped me into a more confident and responsible man. When I was a tour ambassador for the college, people used to ask me all the time if I had a chance to do it all over again would I make the same choice? And I would respond with a confident “yes”!

 What lessons have you learned at Caldwell University?

Caldwell taught me the meaning of hard work, time management and responsibility. You can’t just sit there and hope things fall into place the way you want them to. You have to create your own path.

 What are your career goals and how has Caldwell University prepared you for them?

My career goal is to work in a government position, preferably something with the FBI or Secret Service. Currently I work for a brokerage company at the New York Mercantile Exchange. These fields are very different from each other, but Caldwell has taught me how to adapt to my surroundings, which helped me get this job right out of school even though it’s not what I studied for at Caldwell.

 What was your biggest achievement at Caldwell University?

My biggest achievement at Caldwell was starting as a student athlete and finishing as a student athlete. I’m proud of myself that I was able to handle both for four years.

 What activities were you involved in at Caldwell University?

I was a member of the men’s soccer team for four years, was involved in St. Jude “Up ’til Dawn” and took part in many different community service efforts including volunteering at Marian Manor with the senior citizens and taking part in Midnight Runs to help the homeless in New York City. I was a student ambassador for admissions and also worked at many athletic events.