An outstanding East Asian Studies program in a small, close-knit liberal arts college headed Brian Cataldi’s college search list. Wittenberg came highly recommended, and an overnight scholarship visit clinched the deal.
“It was from the generally friendly attitudes of all the people I met and my interactions with the professors that made the choice easy,” Cataldi said. “After seeing how much the faculty truly cared about teaching, and how welcoming the students were, I knew Wittenberg was the right choice for me.”
Involved with countless clubs and organizations, Cataldi learned how far a student can be stretched, and in the process, how that has helped him mature.
“Learning to balance fun and work is essential in college,” he said, adding that making lifelong friends doesn’t hurt. Cataldi, a member of Beta Theta Pi, has held several positions with the fraternity and has built friendships that will last him through life and experiences he will never forget.
“The most unexpected experience that I have come across at Witt is just the opportunities that were opened for me,” he said. “If told four years ago that I would have lived in Japan, been caving, gone to the Democratic National Convention, worked behind the scenes in a presidential election, run a radio station, led 600 new students through their first week of school and joined a fraternity, I would have not believed you.”
Cataldi plans to work for a couple of years before going to graduate school.