Alumni: 94,000   Students: 16,000

Paulette Lawrence ’16

Paulette Lawrence

Paulette Lawrence¬†’16
Senior Customer Service Representative
Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Why did you choose Empire State College? What do you think is the best thing about the college?
I chose Empire State College because as a single parent it offered me the flexibility to go school and continue to work full-time. The best part about Empire State College is that each student is matched with a mentor who is there for the student from the beginning up until the end of completing the degree requirements. Mentors and students have open dialogue regarding which classes to choose that will align with one’s career or degree path.

How did Empire State College help you shape your personal and professional goals?
The college shaped my personal and professional goals in the sense that I have become a better communicator. I now understand the importance of being a good listener and an effective problem solver. At SUNY Empire we did a lot of group discussions and those sessions have helped me to be better at public speaking.

What is your career highlight or proudest career moment to date?
I received a promotion at work while I was attending SUNY Empire.

What advice would you give to a current Empire State College student?
Please communicate with your mentor and take your mentor’s advice at all times. Always stay focused.

Why do you give back to Empire State College?
I give back because it is possible to achieve and complete your degree requirements at SUNY Empire. I received scholarships while I was a student, which help deferred the cost of college.

Anything else you would like to share with fellow alumni and students?
Empire State College is a great college to attend. It is important to be actively involve with other aspect of the college beside the academy.