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16 Bits of Advice from Successful SUNY Alumni

SUNY alumni advice for success

For the past year, SUNY has collected dozens of success stories from our alumni. The graduates’ careers range from teacher to executive, to scientist to producer. Everybody’s story is unique and no two paths to personal satisfaction are the same. In fact, the only constant between these interviews is the mindset and attitude of each alum. We’ve collected some of the most insightful, inspirational, or otherwise motivating comments from the advice for students section of the SUNY Alumni Profiles and put them in one place!


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  • “What you do today, the choices you make, the effort you put forth will lay the foundation for your future for years to come.”Glenn Johnson, Brockport ’85
  • “You are still in school, you are young and have plenty of opportunities to change direction, should your first (or 2nd or 3rd) choice not work out for you.”Steve Levy, Oswego ’87
  • “Life is about shared accomplishment, not allocating credit.”Peter Bocko, Oswego ’75
  • “It is important to not be afraid of the unknown, embrace it and try to better yourself through each new experience.”Craig Coon, Binghamton ’10
  • “Be very clear about where opportunities are so your hard earned education can be of use.”Deborah Gregory, FIT / Empire State College ’86
  • “The world is full of talented people; what distinguishes us is those that get things done and are always looking for the next challenge.”Peter Bocko, Oswego ’75
  • “Education and learning should not just end at college; it should be a constant process.”Greg Ahlquist, Geneseo ’95
  • “Don’t be afraid of failing. Learn from your mistakes, and when you err, just try to make sure it’s an original mistake.”Haagen Klaus, Plattsburgh ’00


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Cover Photo: Binghamton University, Winter 2012

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