From Mazzella Field to Covering FIFA in Qatar, Chelsea Cabarcas ’15 Always Finds a Way

Alumni Success

Name: Chelsea Cabarcas
Graduation Year: 2015
Major(s) Mass Communication
Title: Soccer Analyst/Host
Hometown: Whitestone, N.Y.
High School: Bayside

What do you love most about what you re currently doing?
I love that my job is always a challenge. You’re constantly trying to get better at what you do because the competition is so high. I also have been able to travel the world with my profession. I was recently in Qatar covering the FIFA World Cup with my own morning show.

Why did you decide to study your particular major?
Since a little girl I always knew I wanted to be a broadcaster after my soccer career. I played professional soccer for 12 years but always made sure to work in television during my off time. The trick is to stay relevant and constantly make connections.

How did Iona prepare you to get where you are today?
Aside from being a Division I athlete, which definitely molded me into being the determined person I am today, the Media & Strategic Communication Department, specifically professor Michael Damergis, taught me everything I needed to know. Iona constantly challenged me to be the best version of myself and taught me all the small details I need to know to take on the broadcasting world.

What advice do you have for a current Iona student who wants to follow a similar path?
Be persistent. Your path is your own path. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Learn absolutely everything in the business even if it's something that doesn’t interest you. It’s a lot of work behind the scenes. Be the best in whatever you choose. Set yourself apart and have your own style.

How would your family and friends describe you?
A free spirit. As soon as I graduated college, I went off to travel the world. I’ve lived in five countries and have been able to work in the broadcasting field in each country. I find a way everywhere I go. They would also describe me as persistent.