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Auristhela Cain-Reinen ’09

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Auristhela Cain-Reinen ’09
Caseworker/Senior Aide II
Southold Town Human Resource Center

Why did you choose Empire State College? What do you think is the best thing about the college?
Needed a program that would work with my busy schedule as a Drug and Alcohol counselor and a mother of 2 school age at the time of my enrollment. It was the best decision I made. I was able to work with my mentors who worked with my schedule. They were flexible and very understanding. I respected and loved every mentor I had. My primary mentor Nina T. was absolutely the best. If I can, in the near future I am considering completing one of the Certificate programs that are now offered on line.

How did Empire State College help you shape your personal and professional goals?
It led me to expand and re invent myself to take chances; and have a higher self esteem as a woman and a mother. My children saw the difference and I believe I was a good role model on perseverance as they both went on to get multiple college degrees with amazing jobs.

What is your career highlight or proudest career moment to date?
I am currently in a job that I really enjoy and have a good future to advance.

What advice would you give to a current Empire State College student?
Keep going!, don’t give up. One day at a time it is worth it.

Anything else you would like to share with fellow alumni and students?
I am proud to be a Empire Alumni!