Outside Your Comfort Zone.

Outside Your Comfort Zone.

Garet Griffin ’18

Sport & Fitness, graduated Cum Laude

Right off the bat, sports enthusiast and Mitchell College senior Garet Griffin wasn’t sure if inside sales was for him. Field trips to partner organizations and mock interviews with the Integrative Career Development (ICD) program helped him land a paid internship with Mohegan Sun’s inside sales team for the New England Black Wolves professional men’s lacrosse team and the WNBA Connecticut Suns…and in what might be considered a double header sweep, a job with the Mohegan Sun organization after graduating from Mitchell College this past spring.

Though he felt nervous exploring a brand new field, he quickly felt comfortable as a wide range of people in the organization welcomed him and took him under their wing, ranging from account executives, clients, professional athletes, and the Vice President.

“Even the Vice President would talk to me about sports…she talked to me like she would talk to anyone else,” said Griffin.

The internship started off light, as he shadowed a variety of positions in the department and asked questions to each person he encountered to learn more about their jobs. With so many events happening at the casino, he found he enjoyed the exciting atmosphere and the energy of the younger crowd at games. Eventually, he was taking on phone calls with clients, learning hands-on about what works and what doesn’t work in sales – and how to communicate well with people who aren’t always easy to talk to.

“I feel like I learned a lot about presenting yourself in a professional environment.”

To his surprise, Garet ended up thoroughly enjoying his experience with sales, and it paved the way for him to accept a job offer at Mohegan Sun after graduation! In addition to his hard work, he credits this achievement to the leadership and time management skills that were strengthened as a student athlete at Mitchell, juggling academics with his responsibility as captain of the baseball team, as well as Paul Dunn and the ICD staff who encouraged him to have an openness to explore career paths he wouldn’t have considered.

If Garet could say only one thing to incoming students, he’d tell them:

“Get outside of your comfort zone.  I know it’s stressful and scary, but once you get going it is great. Embrace it and give it your best.”


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"Fit” is the modern buzzword of the college search process. And frankly, rightly so. As you consider your college experience, we encourage you to look for a place that feels right. It’s also a good idea to make a list of the qualities and characteristics that make a college and you a winning combination.


If you are looking for a college that: 


  • Gets to know and understand each student as a uniquely talented individual

  • Identifies potential and encourages students in very intentional ways

  • Fosters growth in each student, giving them a foundation for life and career success

  • Is small enough to deliver on the promise of a personalized experience

  • Goes beyond “career services” and offers a progressive 4-year career development model, partnering with local businesses and nonprofits for professional experience

  • Promotes an inclusive culture that encourages students to experiment in new clubs and activities

  • Is nationally recognized for its academic support systems, from professional content tutors (not students) to proven comprehensive support for students with learning differences

  • Connects students to service opportunities that impact their world

  • Is in a location that offers access to New England’s natural places and some of America’s greatest cities




…Mitchell College delivers in a powerful way.

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