Justin Svegliato '14


 A double major in Philosophy and Computer Science, Justin Svegliato
 was the valedictorian of the Class of 2014. He also won the 2014 Intern 
 of the Year Award and presented his research at the Fourth Annual
 Mid-Hudson Valley Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

 Q: What kind of work do you do now?
 Basically, I write programs that automate tasks that were once done by hand
 at Goldman Sachs. Since there are over 30,000 employees, the firm needs to
 install a system of devices to support communication. To minimize human error
 and maximize performance, I write programs that automatically install these devices. 

Q: Which aspects of your Marist experience have proven most useful to
your professional life?
Despite working in tech, I mostly talk to clients, collaborate with my team, and give presentations. While my
computer science degree covers the technical side of my job, my philosophy degree sharpens the soft skills
crucial to everything else. My philosophy degree also helps me approach problems differently than most
people in technology. Specifically, I typically look at problems more as a philosopher than as a computer
scientist. Giving insight from a unique view is important and refreshing in a workplace mostly filled with
engineers and technologists.

Q: What advice would you have for students just starting out on their college careers?
First off, have fun. It's easy to get caught up in work sometimes...I know this from experience. Second, start
doing something related to your field as soon as possible. So, if you're an English major, write a short story
on an idea that has been stuck in your head for a while. If you're a philosophy major, join a reading group or
write a paper on a topic you find awesome.