Scott Cleary BSBA Entrepreneurship and Marketing. ’14

One Thing Tore This Sports Nut Away from the Big Schools: An Opportunity to Study in Madrid

Scott Cleary talks about the importance of Suffolk’s central location by praising the school’s proximity to Boston’s sports temples: the TD Garden, where his beloved Celtics and Bruins play, and of course Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox. Living and studying in the middle of sports-crazy Boston is consolation enough for the junior Entrepreneurship and Marketing major, who’d originally targeted much larger schools with Division I athletics programs.

When time came for Cleary to choose from his list of schools, two primary factors tipped the scales in favor of Suffolk: being awarded substantial merit-based financial aid and a unique opportunity to spend his freshman year studying in Madrid, Spain.

“The opportunity to travel abroad was the largest reason that I originally chose Suffolk and one of the best life decisions that I have currently made,” he says.

Since returning from Madrid, he has immersed himself pursuing his dream of entering the field of sports marketing or media. Recently, Cleary was inspired even further by a trip his Business of Sports in the Media class took to the Comcast Sports Net headquarters in Burlington, Mass., which left him “awestruck.” He’s also immersed himself in several extracurricular activities, including serving as president and treasurer of Suffolk’s Club Ice Hockey Team and membership in international honors society Beta Gamma Sigma and academic honors society Sigma Nu Tau. As a senior, he’ll live on campus as a resident assistant in a freshman dormitory.

“I know how crucial freshman year is to a student, and I want to help make that transition as easy as possible,” he says.