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Neil Parrott ’04


Neil Parrott ’04

Neil Parrott ’04 (Classical High School) graduated from Bryant University in 2008 with a B.S. in Business Administration. Neil’s major concentration was in marketing, and he double-minored in management and legal studies. “I chose Bryant University because I was impressed by the curriculum of the school and the community atmosphere on campus,” he says. “I greatly appreciated the different organizations that I was able to be a part of.” In 2015 Neil earned an MBA from the University of Rhode Island. “I chose URI because of the flexibility the program offered,” he says. “I was able to take the required courses as I needed, and the Providence campus made it easier to manage the travel after work.”

Neil has worked in a variety of positions that required great customer development and sales skills. He is currently employed as an AML Operations Specialist for Citizens Bank. “My responsibilities include tasks such as department training, productivity reporting, case analysis, and management support,” he says. “In addition to working alongside management, I enjoy finding ways to create greater efficiency for the department. The variety of work and projects that I am involved in never makes for a basic day at the office.”

Neil got involved in many campus activities while he was a student at Bryant. He participated in six different organizations, including a stint as Marketing/Events Director for the school’s radio station. “I firmly believe that this involvement, tied in with my education, represents what the ‘character of success’ idea at Bryant is supposed to look like,” he says. “Bryant University has helped me become a better professional, and I still have relationships with the faculty and staff. I am very grateful for being extended an acceptance to the university.”

Neil also feels strong appreciation for the College Crusade scholarship he received. “Without the College Crusade scholarship, I would have had to find a way to pay for books, housing, and other items,” he says. “The scholarship has also made me proud to be a Crusader representing the state’s bright minds and talent. My experience as a Crusader was a great part of my development. It helped me realize that obtaining a good education is possible. Working hard and having fun really allows one to become a positive individual.”

In his free time, Neil enjoys watching movies, producing music, and reading. “I am interested in many different things, and I try to keep my mind open,” he says. “Construction and design has always intrigued me, so lately I am trying to learn more about real estate investing.”

What advice does Neil have for high school Crusaders who are looking forward to starting college in the fall? “Maintain the drive and focus that you carried with you during the college application process,” he says. “Stepping up to the college level is not something that you should fear, but it is something that you should not take for granted. Appreciate the chance you have to get a college education. Keep your end goal in mind and try to have some fun in a campus organization or two. This will help balance out your overall character and help you decide what you will love to do upon graduation.”

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