The Felician sports information office started a new online initiative in September 2015. In "Where Are They Now?" we periodically attempt to catch up with Golden Falcon athletics alumni who have gone on to interesting and successful career paths.
In the seventh installment, we visit with Samantha Ortiz '11. After playing softball and volleyball at Felician, Ortiz has become a prominent personal trainer and entrepreneur in her native Brooklyn
Name: Samantha Ortiz
Year of Felician graduation: 2011
Sport(s): Softball, Women's Volleyball
Major(s): Management & Marketing
Twitter handle: N/A
Hometown while in high school: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Currenty town/city of residence: Brooklyn, N.Y.
List any post-graduate studies or certifications
Personal training certification, American Fitness Institute
Current full-time employment
Self employed master personal trainer, fitness instructor and entrepreneur
Other positions held since Felician graduation
Any other life events you would like to tell us about?
I have had the pleasure of reaching my personal goal, which was to own my own fitness facility - especially to do so in my hometown of Brooklyn. At age 26, I opened Triple Threat Bootcamp. I've been living out my dreams by creating healthier lives each and every day.
How have you applied your experience participating in college athletics to your current employment?
I was blessed to be an athlete throughout my high school and college years. It taught me to be responsible, driven, a leader in a team setting and, most importantly, to never give up on yourself.
How has your Felician academic coursework and other extracurricular activities impacted your life, especially professionally?
I graduated with a marketing and management degree. I knew since I was a child that I wanted to open up my own business. Taking these business courses helped me build a foundation for my future.
What advice, about any aspect of college life, would you give to a current Felician student-athlete?
Take advantage of the small-sized Felician classes. You can get that personalized attention because the number of students per class is small. The professors are excited to teach and help you any way they can. So brainstorm with them and ask for advice.