Meet our 2013 “College Student of the Year”

Christopher “CJ” Destramp: Eagle Scout, President – Delta Mu Delta, President – Presidential Ambassadors, B.S. Candidate 2014, Southern New Hampshire University.

CJ Destramp

(L to R): Betsy Gardella, President & CEO, NH Public Radio; CJ Destramp, 2013 College Student of the Year; Kate Luczko, Executive Director, Stay Work Play NH.
Photo credit: Matthew Lomanno Photography

How did you feel when your name was called for “College Student of the Year”?

I couldn’t believe it, it felt pretty surreal. After hearing everyone else’s resumes and extracurricular activities, I felt that any of the finalists had a pretty solid shot at earning the award. You go into these things knowing that the other finalists are just as qualified, there for the same reason you are, and you just try to keep a level head regardless of the outcome. I felt very happy though, I knew I had made my friends and family proud who had always helped me along the way.

What areas of involvement did you find to be the most useful during your college career?

To be honest, anything that gave me the ability to network and build my resume. I know nothing is a given in college or the job world, so I wanted to be able to meet as many people as possible and get involved. From playing in the SNHU Community Band to being the President of Delta Mu Delta and the Presidential Ambassadors, I took any opportunity I could to build my network and make connections. I’ve been able to meet a number of people who have been influential in my college career be it professors, advisors, coworkers, or fellow club members.

Is there any advice you can give incoming students that will help them to be successful?

Get involved, manage your time, and make the most of college! I wouldn’t be where I am today without the people who have helped me along the way, people whom I never would have met if it weren’t for going to club meetings and getting out of my dorm. Time management is just as important. It’s tough to stay involved without managing your commitments. If you can manage your time, you’ll gain a reputation as being reliable, committed, and motivated. Last, make the most of your college experience. I’m not saying to go out and party, but rather, when you graduate, leave school without regrets. Personally, looking back on my time at SNHU, I wouldn’t change a thing about the choices I’ve made.

What activities do you see as being the most beneficial in preparing you for the work world?

I’ve been fortunate to hold two jobs/internships during my college career, one at SNHU Online as a Content Editor and currently one at Dyn as a Communications Intern. These have been great experiences and have helped to help teach me some workplace skills that I believe have helped given me an advantage to make the transfer from being a student to becoming an employee. I’ve also enjoyed being able to hold leadership roles in clubs. I believe those have helped me gain confidence in my skillset.

What are your plans for after college?

Like most college students, I’ll be looking for a job to start paying down those infamous student loans, putting my degree to use, and becoming a productive member of society. If nothing opens up, I’ll consider looking for a Graduate Assistant position and go back to school for a graduate degree.

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