Thomas Straut-Collard ’16

Thomas Straut-CollardDouble Major
Marketing and Economics


"I've been a local to Clinton Hill all my life. I attended the Dillon Center, have had family graduate and work here and I live a block away from campus. It was just practical that I attend SJC.  

"So far SJC has been my second home. I've gotten active in clubs, joined committees, and am now a part of Student Government Association. Academically, the professors at SJC are very knowledgable and caring. They will kindly assist any student that needs help or career advice.

"After SJC I plan to work in the business or finance field and then work my way to obtain an M.B.A. My optimum goal is owning my own business one day.

"I have learned that if you get more involved and open up, you will enjoy your college experience far greater than if you do not."

"I wanted to be a marine biologist when I was in middle school. I realized I liked business far more than science so I went with what was more suitable for myself.

"I got into marketing because I was involved in a virtual business program in high school were I was the vice president of marketing. I decided to pick up my second major in economics at SJC after I took an introductory course in macroeconomics.

Favorite book? Quote?

"My favorite book is The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster. I discovered his work from an SJC course about Brooklyn literature.

"'No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.' — Adam Smith"


Who has been the biggest influence on your life?

"The person who has had the biggest influence on my life is my father. He is a true gentleman and has built himself a successful career. "

Who would play you in a movie about your life?

"I would think it would be James Franco. I've been told I look like him and he is also a very funny and talented actor."

Did you study abroad?

"I took an Art History course in my Junior year at SJC. It was amazing to learn about some of the greatest Italian Renaissance artists and then actually see their work in cities like Venice, Florence, Rome, and Assisi."

Have you been a part of any service activities that were meaningful to you?

"I've been a part of a service club called S.T.R.I.P.E.S for almost three years here at SJC. With this club I've been given the opportunity to travel to afflicted areas to provide storm relief. We have helped areas effected by Hurricane Sandy and flooding in Colorado."

If you had to give one reason for a student to choose St. Joseph’s College, what would it be?

"The opportunity to get involved on campus trumps all other universities and colleges I know. It's impossible to not find something to do on campus."

Who is your favorite SJC professor?

"My favorite professor is Dr. Richard Torz. His enthusiasm and intellect in the field of economics has truly served as an educational advantage in and outside the classroom."


What do you do in your spare time?

"In my spare time I enjoy reading and playing sports. I like finance and economics books along with the occasional fiction book. I always enjoy playing football, baseball, and soccer."

Aside from earning a degree and getting a job, what do you hope to get out of your time at SJC?

"I hope to develop a greater sense of leadership by getting more involved on-campus at SJC."

What was the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?

"The biggest challenge I've overcame was picking up another major and trying to take on extra classes every semester while being active on campus."

What is the best advice someone has ever given you?

"The best advice someone has ever told me was that we live in a country of opportunity. Do not be afraid to take a risk and reach for the less attainable. Life is about taking chances."

What have you learned about yourself during your time at SJC?

"I have learned that if you get more involved and open up, you will enjoy your college experience far greater than if you do not."