Thomas Quevedo says the most fulfilling part of his job is knowing how much students’ lives can change when they come to St. Thomas Aquinas College. He notes that the college’s close-knit community, small class sizes, on-campus employment opportunities, and great sports teams are among the many things that make St. Thomas Aquinas stand out from other colleges and universities. “The professors are really invested in student success,” he says. “And employment opportunities on campus and in the Career Center prepare students for interviews and expose them to the world of work,” assets that can make a real difference when it comes time to graduate.
Thomas is dedicated to his role as a recruiter and enjoys meeting with high school students and their parents in New York City—including the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. To facilitate the sometimes overwhelming college application process, he reviews applications as quickly as possible and responds promptly when students have any questions. “I think people just need someone who stays in contact,” he says. Students have questions, so having people who respond quickly to emails and are focused on helping them is huge!” Helping people has been a priority to Thomas who has volunteered with People to People, a social services agency that provides food and resources to families in need, for more than seven years.
Originally from Blauvelt, New York, Thomas graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in History. He says that learning to organize himself and finding a good balance while getting good grades were some of the most important takeaways from his college years. That, and meeting many people who have become lifelong friends. In his free time, Thomas enjoys golfing, watching the Mets, spending time with friends, and playing with his two yellow labs, Rosie and Mabel. One of the personal goals he’s aiming for is to visit all of the nation’s large national parks before he turns 30.