I was the first member of my family to go to college. Binghamton turned out to be the perfect fit. Harpur College of Arts and Sciences was exceptionally challenging, opening my eyes and mind to the world that existed outside western New York. Plus, the school was quite affordable for my financially-strapped parents.
I would never have been able to travel the world as I did as an employee of the U.S. Department of State, successfully negotiating with heads of state, if it had not been for the preparation I received at Binghamton to deal with difficult, complex situations and great odds. Furthermore, my Binghamton experience was incredibly valuable in enabling me to confidently start a highly successful company (itd-export.com) once I retired from the government.