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Melissa Sperry ’18

Melissa Sperry ’18
Substitute Teacher
Herkimer BOCES

What three words best describe who and what you are?
Hard-worker. Driven. Accomplished.

What inspired you to earn your college degree? What was your “moment”?
My husband died almost 5 years ago and I was in college at the time. So I wanted to prove to him and everyone else that I could get my bachelor’s degree in education.

Why did you choose to attend ESC?
Empire State College was easiest for me because I could study all online and it was adapted to my life style.

Who supported and encouraged you along the way?
My family and friends.

What, if any, obstacles did you overcome?
Trying to work full time and going to school full-time.

What advice would you give to a prospective ESC student?
Every college is different, this college will fit every need for you.

Why do you give back to SUNY Empire?
Because SUNY Empire helped me with my degree.

Anything else you would like to share?
Empire State College and their professors were very helpful in many ways they would bend over backwards for you to express and help with anything that you needed.