In Focus: Tony Malave
Tell us about your background and how you knew you wanted to study Exercise Science.
Exercise science has been a huge part of my lifestyle since I was a small child. I first got introduced into the fitness world by playing football at 7 years old. As the years progressed, I got into several sports such as track and field, wrestling, powerlifting, and football. Implanting fitness into my lifestyle was all I ever knew. Growing up into the man I am now, I can’t picture fitness being out of my life. My interest in sports led me into studying exercise science when I first entered college. Having great contacts in the field and within the program have helped throughout the Exercise Science program and I’m proud to be completing my bachelor’s degree this semester.
What led you to choose Hofstra University for your undergraduate studies?
Hofstra has a phenomenal Exercise Science program along with a great faculty and Strength and Conditioning staff.
Tell us about internship opportunities you took advantage of.
All professors in the program have been great help because they all have something different in their backgrounds and interest areas that I’ve learned from. The internship opportunity I have had with the program has been unreal. I interned at Institute 3E where owner, Jon DiFlorio, showed me what the field of exercise science offers. Working along his side definitely shown me that I belong in this field. I can’t ask for more. All the courses and internship opportunities have definitely helped build my resume beyond my own personal experiences outside of Hofstra.
Did you connect well with any particular faculty members?
Faculty has been a tremendous help throughout the program. First and foremost, I cannot thank Dr. Sell enough for how she has guided me through the program. Secondly, I would like to thank Dr. Ghigiarelli, Dr. Ellinger, and Dr. Frierman, and clinical coordinator Kristin LoNigro. This group is a powerhouse and if students are willing to work hard enough, faculty will help guide them in the right direction. I connected well with the entire faculty within the Exercise Science and Athletic Training programs.
How has the Exercise Science program prepared you for the job search process post-graduation?
Faculty will guide you in the right direction but you have to be willing to apply yourself. Everyone mentions how it’s hard to search for jobs. The truth is it comes down to whether or not you are hungry for great opportunities to achieve. Opportunity is not going to be handed to anyone unless you are willing to work hard for it. In my case, I have worked hard for all the opportunities I have received in and outside of Hofstra. I’m happy to have a few job offers after graduation. The offers are managerial positions for fitness facilities. Currently I’m in the process of making my final decision in April for the best offer.
What are your long-term goals?
My long-term goal is to run my own successful fitness facility.
What advice do you have for those seeking a degree in this field?
In order to be the best at what you do, you have to be willing to take criticism from the best. Stay open-minded in this field because every day there is always something new to learn regardless of your educational level. Work hard and never give up regardless of how hard the course work is. Graduating from Hofstra will be a huge milestone for me and I’m looking forward to being even more successful in the future.