Give and Take
Armani Appolon '13 helped Elms College find a new mascot. Elms helped him find his first job.
The Miami native came to Elms College to play basketball but soon found himself entrenched in schoolwork and extracurricular activities. Specifically, answering the question, "why doesn't Elms have a mascot?" Armani's eagerness turned into a campus-wide committee that helped him select the mascot's look, name, costume design, and a marketing plan to unveil the college's newest supporter.
Armani could be found all across campus–it was hard to miss the 6'7" Haitian with the giant smile and warm laugh. He founded the Blazer Nation club and was involved in SGA. He was also a work-study in the Office of Institutional Marketing.
After Commencement, he was offered an internship with the marketing office for the summer where the computer information technology major helped build templates in the college's new content management system. As Armani grew more familiar with Percussion, the company that built and hosts the content management system, he began to look at their website for job opportunities.
Eventually he found a customer success position at Percussion that combined his background in programming with his outgoing personality. Armani reached out to staff members to review his résumé and cover letter, sent them out, and was called back for an interview. He drove to Woburn for the interview and was called the following day with a job offer.
Although Armani will be leaving to start his new career before the official unveiling of the mascot, he plans to stay connected to campus through social media. His enormous presence will be missed on campus but we all wish him the best.