Sydney Spuzzillo

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Robert Morris University

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Children, Youth, and Families
Sydney Spuzzillo is from outside Cleveland, Ohio and grew up loving sports, but more specifically hockey. She is currently a sophomore at Robert Morris University studying Sport Management. She has a passion to see females become more active in the sports field, as an athlete and in the business side of sports. Her career goal is to be a player development coach at the professional level for the National Hockey League, and help players drafted from other countries adjust to their new country, a new language, and new customs.
International Experience Summary:

Sydney Spuzzillo had the opportunity this past summer to spend six weeks interning virtually with Red Card Global, a company located in Singapore. She was tasked with finding potential partners through searching different coaching websites, as well as reaching out to coaches through various social media platforms, such as Instagram. Throughout her virtual internship, Sydney was challenged by a twelve-hour time zone difference for virtual meetings but was able to attend all meetings by arranging her schedule. She worked through the day to be able to have all of her tasks completed for when her manager would wake up in the morning. Sydney persevered through the difficult communication circumstances that would arise. She could tell that there were differences between the cultures and worked hard to understand these differences, as it would help her to better understand her tasks at hand. Sydney was not the only intern working with Red Card Global this summer. Her co-worker, Christian, who started roughly two weeks before her, helped guide her through the situations. He had similar questions and problems and knew exactly how to guide her through them. Christian and Sydney were in the same time zone, so it was easier for them to communicate and help each other through the problems they were each having.

When Sydney was not working, she was planning out her weekly schedule to determine what hours she would be available, as well as when she would do things she enjoyed, such as working out, going to her job, or meeting up with friends. Sydney would do her best to try and fit everything in but knew that her internship and job were the two most important. Sydney learned a lot about Singapore’s culture through this experience and was very grateful to be selected as a Vira for the cohort year of 2021. She plans to use her knowledge about culture to help her succeed in her future career.