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Francis Murray ’15

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Francis Murray ’15
Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation

Why did you choose Empire State College? What do you think is the best thing about the college?
I chose Empire State College because it allowed me achieve my goal of becoming a College graduates while still maintaining a work/life balance between my family, my work and my schooling.

How did Empire State College help you shape your personal and professional goals?
Empire State helped to shape my goals by allowing the flexibility that I needed to take courses that were interesting while still working toward my area of study.

What is your career highlight or proudest career moment to date?
Having a degree was the ticket that I would need to open future doorways for continued professional success. Ultimately, my continued performance at work led to my being promoted to the position of Manager before I had even finished my degree.

What advice would you give to a current Empire State College student?
Stay engaged with your mentor and find the work life balance that will allow you to achieve academic success.

Why do you give back to Empire State College?
I try to give back when I can to help other Veterans such as myself achieve their academic goals.

Anything else you would like to share with fellow alumni and students?
Your success at Empire State is only limited by your thinking. They go out of their way to be accommodating to the needs of their students. They understand what it is like to have to balance a full time career, a family and your academic studies.