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What does it take to be a great, Great Dane?

Hereís what a few great, Great Danes have to say:

Tania Petrina

"To be a truly wonderful Great Dane, I think you need to take initiative. It can be in big ways, or in small ways. It starts with taking the time to explore the University community and find out what clubs, sports, events and activities you can get involved with. You can take that a step further, and create opportunities where there aren't any by starting your own clubs or even helping out at different university events. Itís the best way to get to know other people on campus and make the most of your four years at Albany."

Tania Petrina,í04, Accounting major,
Staff Accountant, Ernst & Young. NYC

"Be an Ambassador for the University -- express that the University at Albany is a top notch school with rigorous academic programs and influential contacts that will follow you in the working world."

Nicole Mehner, í00, Upper School Technology
Director, the National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C.

Brian DePersiis

"Show off that UAlbany pride and go to the athletic events, make the best of every opportunity, and make UAlbany your home!"

Brian DePersiis, UAlbany senior, Business Administration
major, housing manager at Freedom Quad,
ODK president, admissions tour guide

"If there is one thing that stands out about UAlbany students, itís their work ethic. Most of us come from working/middle class families and many of our parents never went to college. Many students are first generation Americans. We take advantage of the opportunities afforded to us because we want -- and know UAlbany can help us achieve -- a secure and comfortable future. In my vocational experience work ethic is a lot more important than raw intelligence and UAlbany students have that in spades. A Great, Great Dane is a scrappy striver who hasnít grown cynical about the American Dream."

Aaron Russell, í95, Executive Director,
The Smith Family Foundation, NYC

Stephanie Coon

"Take advantage of the opportunities that exist at UAlbany, and encourage and excite others to do the same. You can make a difference and will be prepared for the real world."

Stephanie Coon, BA '02 (Public Policy), MA '03,
Masters in Research Methods from Oxford in '04,
Business Analyst at McKinsey and Company Consulting, NYC

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