Class of 2025
Currently studying: BBA in Entrepreneurship and BA in Economics (dual track)
Starting college in a new country is never easy, but international student Sara Puccitelli is heading to the Lubin School of Business. Not only does she double major in Entrepreneurship and Economics, but she also dedicates her time to helping other students learn new languages. Additionally, Sarah started a business with her father to help bring tourists to New York City.
Why did you choose Pace University and the Lubin School of Business?
I chose Pace University because I was looking for a university in New York that could provide me with the knowledge to start my own business. I read about Pace and loved it right away. Plus, I really like where the University is – it’s close to every subway line and the view of the Brooklyn Bridge is great.
Tell us a little about being an international student at Pace.
Being a Pace international student is not difficult. It was easy to apply, and the tutors and advisors have always helped me.
You have opened a travel agency with your father. Tell us about your business and other ventures you are exploring.
I started a travel agency with my father to help bring tourists—especially Italian tourists—to New York City. We want to help them visit and participate in sports and events here, like the NYC Marathon. We create customized plans for tourists, which include flights, hotels and tours or sporting events. He is also starting a new business, Pucci’s Crescia. My plan is to make crescia, an Italian pizza-like snack topped with selected meats and cheese, and deliver it to the NYC area.
How have the skills and concepts you learned at the Lubin Business School helped you run your businesses?
The Lubin School of Business has been really helpful when it comes to running my two new businesses. Thanks to what I have learned, I have been able to make business and financial plans myself. As I continue to study at Pace, I continue to learn new skills every day and find important resources on how to manage my businesses.
You also tutor other Pace students in Italian, French and Spanish. What motivates you to help other students?
I had a friend who was always asking me questions about her Italian homework, so I decided to apply to become a teacher to help other students with the same problems I had when studying different languages. Italian is my mother tongue, so I had to learn Spanish and French. I noticed that most students who learn those languages - for the most part – face the same problems that I had. It makes me feel good to help them.
What has been your favorite opportunity at Pace?
There are many different clubs to join at Pace. I am also a dancer so having the opportunity to share my passion with other students has been great. There are also clubs related to my majors that help me understand how to apply what I’m studying in real life.
Do you have any advice for other Lubin students?
Listen and learn as much as you can. Lubin’s professors have a lot of experience in what they teach, so learning from them is extremely worthwhile. If you have trouble understanding something, or if you just want their opinion on a topic, you can turn to them. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to reach out because they are here to help.
What does #LubinLife mean to you?
#LubinLife means friendship and opportunity. I met two of my closest friends at Pace. #LubinLife means meeting business-minded people, which makes it easier to share and discover new ideas. People are willing to support you and with Lubi located in a city like New York, you will have access to the best resources that will definitely help you succeed.
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