“I still can’t believe I’ll be graduating from William Paterson in May. I started off hesitant and nervous as a new graduate student at a new university looking to find direction in my professional career. The nervousness was quickly replaced by confidence as I found a supporting face at every turn. I came to William Paterson looking to enter the music industry with an MBA in Management, distressed over the intense competition.
I have learned so much about business at William Paterson, and now have a business-like attitude in everything I do. I approach every challenge with confidence and professionalism. Not only has the community of the Cotsakos College of Business helped me, but the music department is more invested in seeing students succeed than I’ve ever seen before. They are always eager to push you, while throwing endless opportunities your way. When I first arrived, I had an idea of what career I wanted to pursue, but they’ve helped me find direction and a passion for music publishing. Not only do the academic professionals lend themselves as mentors, but the wonderful staff I get to work with at Alumni Relations has also given me irreplaceable experience and development as a professional.
From each of these three corners, I have incredible individuals pushing me, throwing new challenges at me every day. Without them, I would still be a timid and apprehensive young woman hesitant to step into the professional world. This May, I’m going to walk away, diploma in hand, with confidence and direction, ready to use my Will. Power. to make myself and my university proud.”
Submitted by Samantha Shank MBA ‘17