Nikolas Alfonso and his father are the first father/son pairs to have ever played for the USF baseball team. But beyond the baseball field, Alfonso’s father was a businessman who introduced him to another field – financial services and investing.
While Alfonso wanted to play baseball in college, he ultimately chose USF because of its business school and finance program. He made it onto the USF Baseball Team as a walk-on, where he plays and practices six times a week, as much time as other students might spend at a part-time job. That same work ethic has assured his success in his business classes, and he made the Dean’s List and the Big East/American Athletic All-Academic team three years in a row and has received scholarships from the business school.
As part of the baseball team, Alfonso has participated in multiple service events. His favorite service activity is the Friends of Jaclyn program, which allowed him to develop a lifelong relationship with Nick, a young cancer patient going through extensive treatment.
This summer, Alfonso left the baseball diamond for the Big Apple, where he completed an internship with JPMorgan Chase. Along with 40 other students from top universities nationwide, he was part of the Finance Analyst Development program. He assisted the investor-relations team, and was offered a full-time position at the end of the internship. However, he decided to take a job with Raymond James Financial as part of the company’s competitive Options Analyst Program, which only accepts 10 graduating seniors nationwide.