I’m Federico Ghelli, I’m from Rome, and I’m the youngest Italian ever to hike the whole 3525km (2190 miles) of the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine.
After a year spent in London, working as a Content Executive for iSportconnect, the world’s largest network of sport business executives, I decided to achieve this great goal and write a little bit of my country’s history.
Everyting started six years ago, when I moved to the United States with the goal of earning a college degree and play soccer.
The latter didn’t quite work out, but I reached my first goal in May 2015, when I graduated as class Salutatorian from The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, with two bachelor’s degrees, one in Print and the other in Broadcast Journalism.
From there I had the luck to enter one of the most prestigious schools of journalism in the country, Syracuse University and earn a Master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism.
Moving to America was a total gamble. I was a terrible student who barely made it through high school, and my English far from fluent. That was the result of five years failing it in high school and six months spent in England working at McDonald’s all day and attending English classes three hours a day.
All these life experiences shaped me into the man I am now, giving me the vision of striving for success in all my endeavors. I learned to work hard and prove my worth, hoping that one day my dedication will take me to reach my biggest dreams.
Today, I live in Milan working as a Social Media Manager for DAZN. But since I can’t quite stand still for too long, I’ve decide to dedicate my free time to triathlon and become an IRONMAN, goal that I’ve accomplished in September 2019.
If you’d like to know something more, follow my ongoing projects here or don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d love to share more about my thoughts and experiences with you.