Marissa Troiano has been '06's class agent since graduation. “I was a scholarship student,” she says. “I came, and Princeton opened my mind and my life. I knew I wanted future students to have the same opportunities I had.”
A politics major, she enjoyed many courses outside her major, especially in history and Hellenic studies. A course in economics confirmed her sense of the synergies between the study of economics and that of law.
She went on to earn her JD from Columbia University, and is now an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (better known as “Skadden”) in NewYork City. She specializes in antitrust and sports law, something she says she had wanted to do since high school.
By “a piece of good fortune,” Troiano and co-class agent Lydia Leinsdorf live in the same apartment building in Manhattan, so strategizing for their imminent 10th Reunion is easy. They have recruited classmates across the country to help. “Our class is very generous,” Troiano says. “Most classmates are happy to hear from us, even when they know it's not purely a social call. Though,” she adds, “it's always partly social.”
With a lawyer's hectic schedule, she says, “I don't see as many people as I'd like. AG gives me an opportunity to talk with classmates, catch up on what's happening in their lives. So many of them are doing such interesting things! I get to keep in touch, and also give back to Princeton.”
Troiano travels a good deal—often to Canada, as much of her work is with the National Hockey League. When she isn't in the office or on the road, it's up at 5 a.m. to work out—she is a competitive weight lifter. A spare hour might be spent reading; her Kindle is always loaded, and her current read is David Allen's Getting Things Done, a book on productivity. Describing herself as “a fitness fanatic and nutrition nut job,” she maintains an occasional blog, Steaks, Squats, and Sundresses, that offers “random thoughts on wellness and life.”
And that elusive work-life balance sought by so many young alumni? Yoga and meditation do it for Troiano. New York, she points out, is “a place where you can find negatives and positives. I go for the positives. The city is hectic and loud, it's easy to get upset and long for a quieter place and time. But then I think, 150 years ago I wouldn't even have gone to college. And what would my life be without Princeton?”