My name is Joe Bartlett and I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst. I am in my junior year, focusing my major studies in Finance at the Isenberg School of Management and minoring in Economics. I have also become a part of the Commonwealth Honors College and am enjoying the perks everyday living in the brand new honors dorms! Throughout my three years at Umass I have joined both the Finance Society and the Umass Men's Club Soccer Team.
This past summer I continued working in my home town Franklin, MA at BJ's Wholesale Club and also began an internship working for Titanium Advisors, LLC. Through my internship I have improved valuable analytical and time-management skills. I analyzed and compiled data for client portfolios as well as analyzed historical stock information. I thoroughly enjoyed my position and hope to return this winter to work part-time.
A major passion that has guided me throughout my lifetime has been a strong love of soccer. From an early age I drew a strong attachment to the competition and commitment it takes to play the game. Although I played every position when I was young, I chose to refine my skills in the goal protecting it rather than attacking. Like many young players I grew up with big dreams of one day playing professionally. However, as the years rolled by I became more realistic and figured I would settle for less. However, the drive to play and the passion that drove me to compete at higher levels drew me to the Men's Club Soccer Team at Umass. This past 2013 Fall season we advanced all the way to the regional semi-finals where we were barely edged out by Penn State, 1-0 in a penalty shootout. If all goes well the season will continue on to Nationals in Arizona if we obtain a qualifying bid.
Beyond the achievements, accolades and glory of winning however, there is another driving force behind this passion. Along with a love of the game, there is also a strong connection to the team aspect. Playing soccer throughout primary school, high school and college has helped me develop bonds that will last ages between me and my teammates. Winning feels great, but winning with a group of guys who all go out and fight for each other is equally if not more satisfying. This aspect, above all of the others, is probably why I have such a passion for this sport and is the main reason why I will continue to play throughout my life.