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Elias Youssef ’18

Elias Youssef ’18
Family Business
Self-employed

What three words best describe who and what you are?
Passionate business man.

What inspired you to earn your college degree? What was your “moment”?
To further my knowledge and have that United States connection with SUNY.

Why did you choose to attend ESC?
I like the American type of learning style. The ESC professors are all good and they helped all the students go beyond their potential. I loved the way we learned and it encouraged me to search and learn more. Simply, I became a better person.

Who supported and encouraged you along the way?
All the professors have supported me in almost all the classes that I have taken, and especially my adviser, Mrs. Lori Calix. She is wonderful, what a lovely sweetheart.

What, if any, obstacles did you overcome?
The obstacles were kept at a minimum because everything was pretty clear. At the beginning it was a little bit difficult to know how the system works, but after that everything was easy and clear.

What advice would you give to a prospective ESC student?
I encourage everybody to enroll at ESC, because once you are a student you will be encompassed by kindness, easy going professors and the high level of learning.

Why do you give back to SUNY Empire?
Because I loved my mates, my professors, the way we learned and the type of knowledge we gained. We became another creature with a new and a better way of thinking.

How has your experience at ESC changed your life since graduation?
Everything in my life has changed since my graduation from ESC. My way of thinking, to dealing with managers, to know how to search in order to get the optimum information for each case… and so much more.

Anything else you would like to share?
I think as much as we talk about ESC including its professors, the management system, the way of dealing, the new knowledge…will remain insufficient. In brief, I encourage everyone to enroll at ESC.