Alumni Spotlight: Angelo Fields
Angelo Fields graduated from Penn State with an undergraduate general science degree in 2000 and an MBA in 2013. During his undergraduate career, Angelo was involved with the Penn State Lion Ambassadors and was an avid fan of Penn State athletics. In his current role, Angelo is a Marketing Manager for Nestle USA, specifically on the frozen snacking team.
Angelo came to Penn State with fresh eyes and he immediately understood the passion others more closely connected with the University had exhibited throughout his high school years. He says he fell in love with the school and it delivered over his expectations each time he was a student. His first degree was a general science degree, and it took completing a co-op rotation for him to realize the career path he wanted to pursue. His first job was working at Anheuser-Busch as a quality assurance group manager, where he learned of marketing when hosting food-pairing events. He decided to pursue his MBA, which helped him land his current role at Nestle.
During his undergraduate career, Angelo was involved with the Penn State Lion Ambassadors. He says he didn’t find his niche at Penn State until joining L’Ambs, and everything he owes to his college experience stems from Lion Ambassadors. Lion Ambassadors made his college experience multi-dimensional and showed him everything Penn State offered. To this day, Angelo says his favorite place on campus is the Hintz Family Alumni Center due to the connection with Lion Ambassadors. Returning to University Park for graduate school conjured all of the fond undergrad memories for Angelo and gave him a sense that while he may have further developed personally and professionally, Penn State had largely remained the same great place.
Angelo continues to remain active in the Penn State community. He’s consistently been a graduate school guest lecturer for Dr. Ralph Oliva’s Brand Management and Integrated Marketing Communications classes and in the most recent spring semester, he generated a Lean Cuisine case study for Jennifer Coupland’s Penn State Prime: Branding and Advertising Practicum undergrad capstone class. In addition, he serves as a mentor for multiple undergrad and graduate business school students.
Professionally, Angelo says Penn State provided him all the tools to be successful. He says he feels prepared, worthy, and confident in his abilities. Personally, Penn State has provided Angelo with so much more, as the majority of his friends today are friends from Penn State. He says he can’t count the number of Penn State friends’ weddings he’s been to, and he knows his friends from school are people he can call or text at a moment’s notice.
As far as what he’s learned from Penn State, Angelo said it’s that you get out what you put in. He says that every individual has to make Penn State work for them and that the university works hardest for people who make it work for them. He strongly feels his favorite line of the Alma Mater is “Thou didst mold us, dear Old State.” When someone mentions Penn State, Angelo first thinks of community and connection, and how the “We Are” chant is such an instantaneous connection to anyone who bleeds blue and white.
If Angelo could give advice to college students today, it would be to strive for work-life balance as much as you are able by having outside interests and passions. That said, early on he admittedly wasn’t as intentional about his career path as he could have been. Looking back, he advises to look for opportunities that make you uncomfortable and try to run toward them. “Take a little bit of controlled risk; if things are good because maybe you’re too comfortable, look for development that might make you a little uneasy.”
~ Rachel Betz