Blending athletics and Honors College classes is no easy task as it tests a student’s fortitude dedication to their commitments. Senior football player Patrick Finnegan is one of those rare students who has stood tall to this challenge and has excelled along the way.
This 21-year-old is a fierce competitor on the field and a diligent student in the classroom. The Hazlet, New Jersey native can be found in the Honors Office throughout the week because his free-time is occupied with being a student aide for Honors.
Some athletes are simply satisfied with their team involvement, but Patrick furthers his university experience. He is a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity which contributes to the events and service held at Pace. Patrick also uses his experiences to help first-year students as a UNV 101 peer advisor. What is even more impressive is that Patrick does all of this while battling diabetes.
Patrick decided to come to Pace because of the football program and its distance from home. He notes that, “Pace is close enough to home, but far enough where I need to live on campus.” The business program at Pace also influenced his decision as he is a Business Management major.
Patrick genuinely appreciates being in the Honors College. He enjoys the intriguing classes and the events that are provided. His favorite event is the Halloween party with the Pleasantville Cottage School children. Another benefit according to Patrick is the snacks that are available in the Honors office. “No one goes hungry in the Honors College,” Patrick says.
Patrick’s tenure at Pace has led to his many accomplishments, including the Honors Research Grant enabling him to conduct his “International Rum Marketing” project. He is most proud of being able to balance all that he does while managing to thrive academically. Patrick attributes his success to “working hard and keeping at it no matter how tough things get.” It is this attitude that makes him an excellent example for Honors students, especially athletes, to follow.