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Commito, Mike (32)

Commito, Mike (32)

Dr. Mike Commito is an applied research developer at Cambrian College. He also teaches part-time in the Department of History at Laurentian University. Outside of his work in education, Mike is also a hockey writer. His work has appeared on Sportsnet, Sports Illustrated, the Hockey News, VICE Sports,
and the Athletic.

Q:What’s the number one thing you are working toward that you haven’t yet accomplished?
A: Right now I am writing my first book with Dundurn Press. Although I’ve worked on large writing projects before, writing a book will be a new adventure. I’m looking forward to working with the folks at Dundurn and getting the first book under my belt. All of the hard work over the next year will be worth it once I get to see the finished copy on my bookshelf.

Q: What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome?
A: The biggest challenge I’ve had to overcome was completing my PhD. There were moments throughout the course of my degree where I wanted to pack it in and quit. That would have been the easy thing to do, but thankfully, with the support of my family and friends, I was able to soldier on and finish.

Q: What are 3 things you can’t live without?
A: My wife would call me a liar if I didn’t say my phone. As much as I have been trying to limit my use, it’s definitely something I can’t live without. The second thing I can’t live without is hockey. I play it and I write about it. If not for hockey, I wouldn’t be the writer I am today. Finally, I don’t think I could live without dessert.

Q: What would be the theme song of your life?
A: “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: I wear many work hats, so that gives me plenty of rewarding moments. At Cambrian, the most rewarding part of my job is helping local companies access innovation and grow their businesses. In the classroom at Laurentian, I get the opportunity to see my students grow and develop throughout the semester.
Watching them mature into budding young historians always gives me the most joy. Finally, I love my work as a writer. For me, the most rewarding part of storytelling is forging that connection with readers and knowing they’ve appreciated your work.