"It wasn't all just textbook learning."
During his last semester at SNHU, Anthony Barbato enrolled in a casino and gaming operations class. As part of the course, Barbato joined instructor Dina Tanvuia and classmates on a spring-break trip to Las Vegas, where they learned about the business firsthand.
A business administration major who minored in hospitality, Barbato emerged from the experience inspired to pursue a career in the field. “After I took that class, I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do,” says Barbato, who moved from his home in Middleborough, Mass., to Las Vegas a few months after graduating.
Before embarking for the desert, Barbato distinguished himself on campus. He led SNHU’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter as a junior before serving as the organization’s statewide president as a senior. He qualified for FBLA’s national business competition both years, placing sixth in San Antonio in 2012 and fifth in Anaheim, Calif., in 2013.
“The club brought members together in the SNHU community, and we got to travel too, which was a great thing,” he says. “We met other business students and professionals who were judging the competitions. We also brought in guest speakers and got to network with a lot of great people.”
Barbato also served as SNHU’s student government president as a senior. Although he doesn’t envision a future in politics, he believes the experience will serve him well as a business leader.
“Just like any other leadership role, you have to know when to push people and you have to know when to ask questions,” he says. “It was a challenge but it was a lot of fun.”