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Gianluca Cersosimo ’22: A Keeper in the Classroom and on the Soccer Field

Gianluca Cersosimo '22

Soccer goalkeepers are agile, speedy, and organized. Gianluca Cersosimo has these qualities as both a high-achieving finance major and as a goalkeeper for the Georgian Court University men’s soccer team.

Gianluca, like many youth in his home town of Buenos Aires, Argentina, started playing soccer very early on—for him, as a toddler. Years later, his love of the sport and of learning led him to GCU. “Georgian Court had the three characteristics I was looking for,” said Gianluca. “Strong academics, a good soccer team, and a great location.”

Gianluca’s classroom accomplishments are impressive for any college student, but especially a student-athlete. His 3.96 GPA earned him a second appearance on the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference’s (CACC) Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team, and he completed his coursework in three years by taking 18 credits each semester. Next, Gianluca will pursue a Master of Business Administration degree at Long Island University.

He attributes his academic success to organization and time management skills. “I had to learn them, because in addition to soccer and classes, I work on campus and also like to have a social life,” said Gianluca, noting it hasn’t always been easy, but always worthwhile.

“My first few months as an international student were challenging,” he said. “I didn’t know how to take advantage of everything Georgian Court has to offer, even some basics.”

While Gianluca had a ready-made support system in his soccer teammates, he realized not all students did. That’s why he took on a student mentoring role with Avanzando, a program that helps first-generation Latinx college students acquire the tools and support they need for success. Together with Jaime Antonio Rivera Flores, Ph.D., associate professor of world languages and cultures and director of the Vamos/Avanzando program, he leads workshops on topics such as study skills, finding internships, celebrating identity, and public speaking. It’s another team of which he’s proud to be a part.

“I feel we are a good combination,” said Gianluca. “Dr. Rivera Flores offers perspective from his experiences as professor, and the students see me as a peer. We do more than share information about resources, although that’s important. We become a community of friends.”

This story is one in a series of feature stories focused on the Class of 2022. Story contributed by freelance writer Sheila Noonan. Photo by Joshua Tinto ’20, ’22.

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,200 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 14 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by Money.com and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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