Brigitte Curcio is a very busy woman. From competing with the Skyhawk rifle team to serving on Panhellenic Council and completing a summer internship, Curcio has filled her college years with experiences that will stay with her long after graduation.
Curcio, a senior at the University of Tennessee at Martin, joined the Skyhawk family as a member of the rifle team. The Stratford, Conn., native found herself far from home, and while the rifle team is a close-knit group, she still wanted to branch out and find friends in other areas. The decision to “go Greek” during her freshman year has changed her collegiate experience for the better and opened doors to a variety of new opportunities.
“I tell everybody I joined (a sorority) because I was bored, and that really is why. I was bored, and I only knew rifle kids, and I wanted to meet more people. So I decided to go Greek, and I feel like I know everybody now,” she said.
Curcio is finishing her term as the 2016-17 Panhellenic president and knows the connections made in that role will serve her well as she goes forward into a fulltime career. “I’ve met so many people. I go home (to Connecticut) and people tell me they were Greek in college too, and they were on Panhellenic Council too. It’s really just the connections and becoming a friendlier person. I’m definitely out of my shell now,” she said.
Curcio has also let experience guide her down the path to choosing a major. Starting off in the business arena, she served an internship with a law office after her freshman year. Rather than finding her calling, she instead learned the legal world was not for her and changed her major to communications. Another internship with Chocolate for Heroes solidified her decision.
“Chocolate for Heroes is a nonprofit, and they bring chocolate and miniature therapy horses to the VA hospitals in Connecticut and just brighten (the veterans’) days and make them happy. I was working with them all summer doing social media, applying for grants and asking for donations,” she said.
Working on the communications side of the business showed Curcio that she not only has the ability to work in her chosen field, she also enjoys the process. She encourages other students to take internship opportunities for the same reason.
“Just get out there, and if you don’t like it, it’s not like you’re going to lose your paycheck. … It’s better to know now than after you take a real job and can’t leave it,” she said.
While Curcio’s primary reason for coming to UT Martin was to shoot rifle, she has since made this place her home and taken advantage of all the campus community has to offer. She will walk the commencement stage in May with a clearer sense of professional direction, surrounded not only by teammates, but by sorority sisters, friends and network associates as well.
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