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Nicholas Carbone

Mr. Nicholas Carbone (class of 2009)

Biography:

After graduating from Fitchburg State University in 2009, I attended Massachusetts School of Law and graduated with my Juris Doctorate degree in 2012. While in law school, I ran for a seat on the Fitchburg City Council and was elected to represent Ward 5. I passed the Massachusetts Bar Exam in 2013 and now practice in a firm on Main Street in Fitchburg, Boyle & Carbone, P.C. I often return to the University to attend various alumni events and to judge the Moot Court competitions.

Starting in fall 2014, I will be a part-time faculty member and will be co-teaching a Mock Trial course with a professor who was very instrumental in my professional growth, Dr. Elizabeth Walsh. I also plan to become more active on the alumni board and enroll at the University, once again, this time as a graduate MBA student.

Impact the University had on my career path:

Initially, I did not plan on attending college in the city where I grew up. However, this turned out to be one of the best decisions that I have made. Being in Fitchburg for college really helped me to begin understanding how the City of Fitchburg might connect better with its University to appear more like a “college town”. We still have a ways to go, but I think this thought process helped me win my election.

I had some amazing professors at the University who really left a lasting impression on me in all aspects of my education, but especially in the Political Science Major. My advisor and professor, Dr. Josh Spero; my Moot Court professors, Dr. Paul Weizer and Prof. Shane Martin; and my internship coordinator and professor, Dr. Rodney Christy. It has been awhile since I was a student, but I still see these professors and reflect on what they did for me.

My time spent getting involved made the University and the Political Science program great. Competing with the Moot Court and model UN teams, the latter with both Dr. Eric Budd and Dr. Spero, heightened my college experience and really made me want to find a path to law and politics.

Advice for Current and Prospective Political Science Students:

Get involved! Do internships, take a full course load, network with employers and professors, and join every club and team you can. This goes especially for Mock Trial so I can see your smiling face, starting in the fall of 2014.

College is honestly about preparing for the future and employers want the candidate who works as hard as possible academically to build a rich and exciting professional career. Have fun, as it's college, but also focus on why you’re really there.