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Lee Capristo
Director of Publications
Email: lwcapristo@smcm.edu
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College - A Pivotal Stepping Stone

Written by Richard J. Edgar, Director of Admissions

I believe I have the best job in the world. On my wall is a poster that leads my life: "A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child." I try to live by those words every day.

Twenty-nine years ago, I began working in the admissions profession knowing that college is one of the best opportunities for teenagers of all walks of life to be successful in whatever they choose...and it is even truer in this economy today. My mother graduated from high school in her 50s and raised three very successful sons. Her most precious memory is when each of us graduated from high school, and then she received a "bonus" of all three of us graduating from college.

A few years ago, I picked up a children's book and it struck a cord in my heart. Titled Is There a Human Race by Jamie Lee Curtis, it begins simply with a boy on a park bench asking his mother, "Is there really a human race? Who said ready, set, go?" Are we already destined to be who we will become when we were born? That is the
question the little boy in the book is attempting to answer.

I think about this each year as I look into the eyes of prospective students and I feel as though I can see their dreams, their uncertainty, and their hopes. My liberal arts education gave me the tools to be successful. My dream is for the next generation of leaders to have the tools to make a difference. I know that St. Mary's College of Maryland graduates have these tools. I am a witness of their success each and every day.