Joseph Fiorentino ’12 has a post-graduate job in environmental preservation with the Southwest Conservation Corps in Salida, Colo.
Trailblazer: I will be a member of a field group working in the remote backwoods, as well as other locations less remote. The team is responsible for the removal of invasive species as well as the re-vegetation of native plants, habitat growth and improvement, trail maintenance and fuel reduction. Preservation is important to me because this is the only planet that we have, so we need to do all we can to keep it for ourselves and our future.
Keeping busy: I have worked with parks departments throughout my summers, at a farm and at a nature preserve in Italy called Casa Caponetti, where I helped plant an entire season’s crop and build a staircase over a cliff for a nature trail. I am well prepared for the work with the Southwest Conservation Corps because I enjoy learning independently and I have sought out these experiences in the past. Manual labor has given me a strong work ethic. I like the outcome of my work to reflect how much time and effort I put in.
Working hands: I am a hands-on person. I think that if you want to learn about something, you just have to get out there and do it. I chose to be a studio art major because I had never explored art before. Prior to college, I strictly focused on academics and never took an art class. So, I figured why not try something I have never done before? My main media is film production and photography. Both connect with the environment, mainly because everything I photograph or film is outside.
Global vision: One of the most memorable experiences Wheaton has given me was my semester abroad in the Czech Republic. I found out about this program through a friend who graduated from Wheaton. I studied at one of the top film schools in the world, the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts, located in central Prague. In my time there, I created a short film titled “Deep Note,” which has been selected for the National Film Festival for Talented Youth in Seattle, Wash.
On campus: I am a member of Wheaton’s mixed martial arts group and have been a member of the Rugby team.
An open mind: I am not sure of my future yet, just as I wasn’t sure of my future as a freshman. Wheaton has sparked many interests in possible fields of focus for my life, but, for now, I leave it open.