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Anthony Sanseverino ’18

Anthony Sanseverino ’18
Training Instructor
Norfolk Naval Shipyard

What three words best describe who and what you are?
Determined. Motivated. Patriotic.

What inspired you to earn your college degree? What was your “moment”?
My inspiration is a direct result of my time spent in the military. The old Army motto was “Be all that you can be” and I live that motto everyday of my life. I see the value in education and the doors that can be opened as a result.

Why did you choose to attend ESC?
Empire State College afforded me the opportunity to attend classes on my schedule and at my own leisure. As a busy working professional, I figured it would be difficult to attend an “in-seat” school. This was the main reason I chose ESC.

Who supported and encouraged you along the way?
My family was an inspiration from the beginning. The support I received from them motivated me to finish school and be successful at it as well. Towards the end, when I met my fiance, she really encouraged me to stay in school. She would always tell me “only a few more classes to go or only a few more weeks left this semester”. This helped boost my morale. The support I received from my mentor and the staff at ESC was also a reason I hung in there and finished my degree. Anytime I had an issue or needed something, no matter who I called at ESC, I was always provided with encouragement and an ear that would listen to my problem

What, if any, obstacles did you overcome?
The hardest thing for me was attending such a hands-on and technical program. In some classes, I found that attending school for Information Technology in an online format was difficult. If I didn’t understand something or was confused, I really didn’t have anyone to turn to. In these situations, I hired a tutor to help me in the areas I was lacking. Being that I was an adult student who worked full-time and had other commitments I realized that going to school online is difficult and you really need to be disciplined and dedicated in achieving that degree.

What advice would you give to a prospective ESC student?
If I had to give a prospective student advice, I would tell them that time management is truly important when studying online. Dedicate at least 3 hours a day (depending on course load) to stay caught up and give yourself time to learn and understand the coursework. Try not to rush things and treat every assignment like it is a reflection of you.

Anything else you would like to share?
I really enjoyed my time spent at ESC. From degree planning to commencement I learned a lot and interacted with some great people. After I finished my last class, I debated whether or not I would participate in commencement. I made the decision to walk and I am glad I did. I was truly humbled and impressed regarding the organization of commencement and how special the school made veteran students such as myself feel during the ceremony. I would recommend ESC to anyone and I thank the teachers and staff for providing me with such a detailed, interactive, and rigorous education!