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Great Beginnings Tips from Alumni

Recent University at Albany alumni look back on their years at UAlbany and offer some advice to those just starting out.

Brian DePersiis"Know the difference between mountains and hills and set your goals accordingly. Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way and never give up – even at the ‘small’ things."

Brian DePersiis, '05, business administration
Technology & Security Risk Services, Ernst & Young, LLP.


Tania Petrina"One of the best things you can do as you begin the year is to get comfortable with taking initiative . . . walk around campus, read the pillars or visit the Student Association and find out what clubs, sports, events, and activities you can get involved with . . . as you become comfortable with taking initiative, you'll be amazed at how quickly it becomes natural. Most of all, it's the best way to get to know other people on campus and make the most of your four years at UAlbany!"

Tania Petrina, '04, accounting major
Staff Auditor, Ernst & Young, LLP.

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, B.A. '02 (public policy), M.A. '03,
Master's degree in research methods from Oxford in '04
Business Analyst at McKinsey and Company Consulting.


"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, '00,
Upper School Technology Director, the National Cathedral School .

"Have a great work ethic. Take advantage of the opportunities afforded to you. Be a scrappy striver and don't grow cynical about the American Dream."

Aaron Russell, '95,
Executive Director, the Smith Family Foundation.

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