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Sandra Quinteros ’17

Sandra Quinteros ’17
Neighborhood Aide
Riverhead Central School District

What three words best describe who and what you are?
Perseverance. Resilience. Open-Mindedness.

What inspired you to earn your college degree? What was your “moment”?
My biggest motivation to go back to finishing my college education is my 11 year old daughter. She has made my life better and all I want is for her to have a bright future. I have to start by giving her the example of the importance of education. I want her to grow up seeing that with education you have more choices in life and more chances to make a difference in the world.

Why did you choose to attend ESC?
I chose to attend ESC because of the recommendations I got from past ESC alumni and from the information that I got at an open house event I attended. I also found their class schedule model to be suited for what I needed with my busy life.

Who supported and encouraged you along the way?
I had my family supporting me and cheering me on to continue with my education. They helped with child care whenever I need it it for study sessions.

What advice would you give to a prospective ESC student?
I would advise for you to start right away, even if it’s with just one class, there will always be reasons to keep postponing your education, but the sooner you start the sooner you’ll get to your goal.

Why do you give back to SUNY Empire?
I give back to SUNY Empire because I am grateful for the opportunity their program provided and for helping me make my dream of a college degree a reality.