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Lynn Saum ’18

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Lynn Saum ’18
SUNY Empire
Work Study Student – Administrative Support

What three words best describe who and what you are?
Dedicated, enthusiastic and tenacious.

What inspired you to earn your college degree? What was your “moment”?
The moment that brought me back to Empire State College was the moment I wanted to show my special needs sons that it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to achieve your goals.

Why did you choose to attend ESC?
I initially chose Empire State College for the individualized Degree Plan and the opportunity to work one-on-one with the mentors. I came back to Empire State College because of the flexibility and quality of education it offers the adult student.

Who supported and encouraged you along the way?
All of my mentors and the support staff at Empire State College, and of course, my sons.

What, if any, obstacles did you overcome?
Time management!

What advice would you give to a prospective ESC student?
Never give up on your educational goals. If you stumble, you can get back up. You can absolutely do it.

Why do you give back to SUNY Empire?
I give back to Empire State College to help support the goals and dreams of other students.

How has your experience at ESC changed your life since graduation?
Since graduating with my AA, I have continued my education and I am graduating with my BA in June 2019 and applying to the ESC School for Graduate Studies!

Anything else you would like to share?
It is never too late.