Serendipity: When Things Just Fall In To Place

Stephanie Martino

Quote from CDL student Stephanie Marino to her mentor, Dana Henson:
“I have had the lovliest serendipity since coming to ESC. I love school! I choose classes that complement each other and I have been able to cross-reference ideas and make connections every single semester. My online classes are off to a good start!”    

When you connect with the “right” college, and the “right” classes at the “right” time, the decision to return to school is positively reinforced. The quote above captures Stephanie Marino’s enthusiasm for her goal to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies with a Concentration in Ethnic and Multicultural Studies through the Center for Distance Learning at SUNY Empire State College.

Marino, originally from Omaha, Nebraska, dropped out of college 30 years ago to pursue a career in music. She described herself as a “terrible student”. At age 50, she returned to ESC after a recommendation from her friend and ESC professor Silvia Chelala.  

“What an amazing time in my life! I want to say that this is one of the best decisions I have ever made.  The ESC staff from mentor to bookstore to professors and my classmates, have made my life richer and I have proven to myself that I really am a good student!”, said Marino, who currently works as an English teacher in Italy.

Upon graduation in 2013, Marino plans to continue her studies and pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching.

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