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Linda Makson ’17

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Linda Makson ’17

What three words best describe who and what you are?
Four words: Never give up inquiring.

What inspired you to earn your college degree? What was your “moment”?
The desire to learn and add to my current secular knowledge.

Why did you choose to attend ESC?
ESC ‘fits’ because I was able to study when I was free to do so.

Who supported and encouraged you along the way?
My family, (husband and children) and the mentors all helped and encouraged me.

What, if any, obstacles did you overcome?
I had to put my continued learning ‘on hold’ for 17 years while helping my parents gracefully age and my granddaughter gracefully grow up.

What advice would you give to a prospective ESC student?
Never give up.

Why do you give back to SUNY Empire?
Hopefully to help others who are searching for a school that allows a person to be who they are.

Anything else you would like to share?
Empire may not be for everyone, but if you are able to study on your own and do not need to adhere to a schedule Empire is for you. Empire offers freedom to learn when and where you are able.