A day in the life of Justin Starrantino
For Justin Starrantino, a member of the Baruch College men’s soccer team, being a student athlete means many different things. It means waking up at the crack of dawn, taking intensive finance courses, and overall, being extremely disciplined.
“You have to be able to persevere and overcome the challenges of New York City as well as be able to adapt to settings that you may not be used to,” said Starrantino, about going to school at Baruch. This is a sentiment that rings true to Bearcats and New Yorkers in general, as New York City can be one of the most competitive environments in the world: on and off the pitch.
Starrantino is a finance major who has completed various internships and looks to make a name for himself in the finance industry. His contributions to the school as a member of the soccer team and his activities off the field have made him one of the most impactful students on campus. But that is not something that comes easily, as evidence by Starrantino’s daily routine.
Starrantino’s daily commences with a blaring alarm at 4:15 a.m., a time when many are still fast asleep.
After taking a shower and eating breakfast, Starrantino takes the subway into the city, and then walks to Baruch where he gets ready for practice. At around 6:30 a.m., Starrantino and the soccer team take a van to the Lower East Side where they usually practice for approximately two hours. After being shuttled back to the school, the next step in Starrantino’s day is to rush to his 9:50 a.m. class.
He has class until noon, after which, as the co-president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Starrantino helps raise funds for breast cancer and other causes. After two more classes, at around 7 p.m., Starrantino can be found in the library studying until 9:30 p.m. Most days, he arrives home at around midnight.
While many would assume that playing on a sports team—with the time and energy it requires—would negatively impact grades, it is interesting to note that Starrantino believes it actually improves his academics, saying, “I feel that soccer keeps me disciplined and regimented, which translates to my academics.” He continued, “It keeps you focused as you don’t always have a lot of time to go out and hang out with friends.”
One way Starrantino stays ahead of the curve is by utilizing all the time available to him, getting work done whenever and wherever he can, “When I have time, I can get work done on the train or on the van to practice.”
On top of keeping up with studies and keeping his mind fit, Sarrantino, like all other student-athletes must keep himself physically fit. There’s no binging on junk food for him. “Every morning I have a strawberry-banana smoothie, later in the day I have a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich and for dinner, pasta or fish is what I lean towards.”
Though Starrantino does have a favorite food spot—Chaamlex—to go and eat, like any other Baruch student. While most of his time is focused on school, soccer and internships, Starrantino also finds time for other hobbies, “I always have a book on hand and I also really enjoy golf as well as surfing.”
All the hard work and discipline has paid-off in some seriously exciting moments for the soccer player. Starrantino cites winning the CUNYAC Championship and scoring two goals in a 3-1 quarterfinals victory over CCNY as two of his favorite moments of his undergraduate career. He also enjoys the camaraderie among players on the soccer team and some of the smaller things he has done as a senior-member of the team. “Helping the younger members of the team with their cover letters and resumes was something that I enjoyed doing.”
Starrantino attributes a lot of his success to his parents. “They have been with me every step of the way, and they have taught me so much.” He also shared some advice for incoming Baruch student-athletes, “Figure out why you are at Baruch, at some point, your career is going to be done but don’t let this discourage you from playing. At the same time just remember that you are here for your academics.”