Education is one of the most important gifts you can give yourself, and I believe it is also one of the surest pathways to success. The person who stops learning, stops growing.

I grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the son of a mailman and a secretary. My parents gave me a strong work ethic and emphasized the importance of education, although they weren't well-educated themselves. Though we were poor, my parents worked hard to send me to Saint Raphael Academy, a high school known for its academic excellence. There, I excelled at history, studied piano, and discovered my passion for playing sports.

Brown University and Boston College offered me scholarships, but I accepted an academic scholarship from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where I majored in government and legal studies, and lettered in three varsity sports: baseball, football and swimming.

Here's the thing about education: To be successful, you don’t have to graduate first in your class. People skills and "street smarts" are often more important than academic skills – but the discipline, self-motivation, and critical thinking that you get from a good education provide a foundation that you can rely on for life.

B.A., Bowdoin College
J.D., Boston College Law School