Michael La Corte
Many students can preach about taking advantage of all the opportunities Pace provides, but few practice it like 22-year-old, Michael La Corte. This Psychology major, English/Literature minor from West Patterson, New Jersey chose Pace because when visiting as a high school senior, he realized, “I could just see myself here.” Since then he has done almost everything imaginable. He is a brother of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, the General Editor of the Yearbook, a member of five honor societies, a Welcome Center tour guide, a UNV 101 Peer Leader, and was a Summer Orientation Leader in 2009.
Getting involved in so many organizations and roles has opened many doors for Michael, particularly once he joined Phi Kappa Tau. Since becoming a brother, Michael has been in much contact with alumni of the fraternity, which led to a unique internship at Yale in a Psychology Research Unit. Responsibilities included transcribing counseling interviews, working with patients and conducting medicinal evaluations. The experience he gained was invaluable and would not have been possible without his networking.
Michael’s favorite accomplishment has been making a name for himself through his extracurricular activities and the support he has gained from helpful people as a result. Most recently, he spear-headed Phi Kappa Tau’s event “Hole In the Wall.” It was an event to raise funds for camps that host children with serious illnesses such as cancer. Michael helped to raise $500 as well as gain much interest from people about further helping this great cause.
Michael values all the great connections and relationships he has made at Pace, some of which have been provided through the Honors College. The best part about being in Honors, according to Michael, is the events. His favorites include anything with the Pleasantville Cottage School.
Given all that Michael has done, it is no surprise that he would extend the advice, “Get involved and put your face to something so people can know who you are; make your time here worth it!” He has clearly done that as he has also travelled to Trinidad and Tobago as part of a Psychology travel course and attended the National Conference on Student Leadership.
Michael’s future plans are to attend Graduate School and hopefully one day be able to apply his Psychology and English backgrounds and write for Psychology Today, a leading Psychology magazine.