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In just his first year as a University of the Sciences graduate, Patrick Connaghan PhB’14 lived in Ireland—where he completed his MBA courses, continued his basketball career, and coached at-risk youth. For Connaghan, moving abroad after graduation was a major life decision because he had only lived 45 minutes away from his hometown while he attended USciences.
However, thanks to his strong support system and the experiences and life lessons he gained from USciences, Connaghan said he was more than prepared for his stay overseas and had the time of his life.
As a student-athlete at the Institute of Technology Carlow, in southeast Ireland, Connaghan said he was easily able to balance school, sports, and a social life because there was a strong emphasis on time management while he was a student-athlete at USciences. But more importantly, Connaghan said his pharmaceutical and healthcare business education from USciences set up him to succeed in his MBA program because the coursework was rigorous and his professors made sure he understood the material. He particularly values the guidance and advice he still receives from his mentor, Richard Minoff, director of the undergraduate business program at USciences.
Aside from the skills learned in the classroom, USciences’ rich culture and diverse student body helped Connaghan feel at ease living in a different country with roommates from all over the world. That’s because he was already accustomed to exploring international foods and traditions from the various multicultural events that were held on campus for the University community.
In one word, Connaghan described his USciences experience as “invaluable.” Beyond preparing him for a successful career, Connaghan said USciences prepared him for life. As for now, Connaghan is working to complete his master’s thesis and eager to start his business career.
Connaghan was selected as one of 13 international Victory Scholarship recipients through the Sport Changes Life Foundation for the 2014-15 academic year. The purpose of the foundation is to demonstrate to youth that the valuable lessons learned through sports can change their lives and shape their futures. Read more here.