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Alexandra Osborne ’17

Alexandra Osborne ’17
Education Marketing Manager
SECNY Federal Credit Union

What three words best describe who and what you are?
Organized. Motivated. Passionate.

What inspired you to earn your college degree? What was your “moment”?
Natalie Krone, my accounting tutor! I was torn between taking a gap year between my two year and four year degree and countless influencers in my life encouraged me to keep my momentum.

Why did you choose to attend ESC?
I knew that I wanted to graduate with my degree debt free. In order to do that, I knew that I needed the flexibility to maintain my multiple jobs. ESC was a perfect fit!

Who supported and encouraged you along the way?
My parents, grandmother sisters and my fiancé…and my advisor, Diana Hawkins!!

What, if any, obstacles did you overcome?
One particular semester that stands out is the tax season that I worked at an accounting firm while studying full time at ESC. I used all of my lunch breaks to read my textbooks and evenings to write papers and discussion posts. It was exhausting but I learned what I am capable of!

What advice would you give to a prospective ESC student?
Consider all the options right in front of you. Then, think about where you want to be in 5 years. What sacrifices will you have to make to reach those goals? How could distance learning lessen those sacrifices?

Why do you give back to ESC?
Because I am grateful for the experiences I had!

Anything else you would like to share?
As an individual who was homeschooled for my primary education, online classes were such a perfect fit for me! I had the opportunity to be self-motivated and directed but still interact with peers of various backgrounds.