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Wendy Razzano ’19

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Wendy Razzano ’19
Administrative Assistant to the Director and Associate Provost of Opportunity Programs
SUNY System Administration

What three words best describe who and what you are?
Dedicated, Determined, Diligent.

What inspired you to earn your college degree? What was your “moment”?
I was inspired to earn my bachelor’s degree when I realized I wanted to do more in my career. This moment came to me after speaking with my son about his college career. We both started pursuing our degrees in 2017 (I received an associate’s in 1997). I thought this would encourage him to not be complacent. I set the example for him to never stop learning. With encouragement, he will receive his associate’s degree in December. This is one of my “proud Mom” moments.

Why did you choose to attend ESC?
I chose to attend ESC because of the flexibility and the historically outstanding reviews. The flexibility allowed me to do my online work at my own pace within reason. I also like the option of the Study Groups and Residencies. I would love to see more in-class instruction for some of the courses. The hybrid options helped further expand the details of what I was studying.

Who supported and encouraged you along the way?
My husband was definitely my biggest supporter along the way. I don’t have a “space” so-to-speak to work so I would set up a card table and folding tray tables in my living room, back porch, kitchen, etc. to spread my work out. He would bring me dinner while I worked just so I did not have to stop what I was doing. He put up with my 5:00 am rising to set up shop each weekend. When I fell asleep, he neatly piled my books and paperwork on one of the tables and woke me to go to bed. He never complained about the “mess.” He told everyone about the hard work I was putting in to getting this degree.

What, if any, obstacles did you overcome?
My biggest obstacle was juggling family obligations with completing my work on time. I work full-time and took 3 courses each semester…yes, I went to school full-time as well. I missed out on some family functions because of deadlines. I told myself that I was not going to let my studies interfere with my family and I found a way to be able to study and attend as many important functions as I could. Overall, I think I only missed two in the entire two years of my degree pursuit.

What advice would you give to a prospective ESC student?
My advice is work hard, communicate with your instructor as often as you can and make sure you complete your work on time. As much as not every instructor grades quickly, it is important to show dedication to your courses.

How has your experience at ESC changed your life since graduation?
My experience at ESC makes me want to pursue my master’s degree. Currently, I work for New York State and am hoping to enter the Training and Development field for my current employer.