Joseph Graboff is a Cornwall, NY native who excels in anything he does. Whether it is in the classroom, on the football field, or in the community, Joe’s determination is unmatched.
A typical college student seeks to earn their degree in four years, maybe even longer, but Joe was able to finish his undergraduate requirements in just three years. The reason he has not graduated is because he is actually taking part in the five-year BBA/MBA Public Accounting program. Even that program will be finished early as Joe will be completing it next Fall.
Being that immersed in school work, one would think that Joe may not have much time for extracurriculars. As a matter of fact, Joe was a member of the Pace football team for three years. What is even more impressive is that his first two seasons were injury-ridden, but Joe was able to come back from those injuries to play a full season in his third year. Not only did he play, but he excelled.
Joe’s efforts also extend into his life as a member of Colleges Against Cancer. This organization is responsible for bringing Relay for Life to the Pace community, as well as other fundraising activities including “Paint the Campus Purple,” annual Dodgeball and Volleyball events, and the upcoming Auction Night. All of these events have raised thousands of dollars, and Joe is a major reason why.
Joe helps to promote all of these events by designing and posting flyers, making recommendations for future events, and visiting local establishments for donations. Many of the items for the Auction Night have been donated as a result of Joe’s work with these local restaurants and stores.
It is not always work and no play with Joe, in fact the Honors College allows time for Joe to enjoy himself. He always makes time for the events hosted by the Honors College and loves the sense of community that it helps promote among students. His favorite event was the visit to MTV’s TRL where he met Will Smith. Joe states, “That was a life experience.”
Pace and the Honors College have allowed Joe to grow as a person and understand the impact of his actions. Joe says, “Pace is a great place to learn about yourself.” He extends the advice, “Be involved with the professors and advisors on campus because they can help you immensely.” Given Joe’s accomplishments, any advice he offers should be highly considered.
Joe will begin a career with the accounting firm Price Waterhouse Cooper once he graduates, and hopes to own his own business someday.