Anthony Saysay Embraces Medaille and Life in Buffalo

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March 18, 2013

Anthony Saysay Embraces Mavericks Soccer and Life in Buffalo

By Kevin Bates

A cursory assessment of Medaille College’s student body reveals a diversity of ethnicities, races, religions, languages and nationalities. Further examination uncovers a vast array of economic backgrounds, socio-cultural traditions and compelling personal stories. Put simply, Medaille exists as a microcosm of the Buffalo community – a truly representative example of the melting-pot that is our city – and while this fact is evident across campus and in each of our students’ stories, few individuals showcase it more than Anthony Saysay ’16.

Saysay moved to the United States from Liberia, a west-African nation about the size of Tennessee, in May 2007. Like many immigrants, Saysay attributes the move to his parents’ desire to improve the financial and educational opportunities afforded to their children.

“They wanted to give us the best chance at success,” Saysay recalled. Despite the motivation for their journey, however, it is unlikely that Saysay’s parents could ever have dreamed of the speed with which their son would see success in the country they now call home.
 
In June of 2012, Saysay graduated from Riverside High School – an institution with which Medaille has a strong community connection through the Riverside Partnership. In his first semester as a freshman at Medaille, Saysay earned an enviably high GPA, started several games with the Mavericks soccer team, decided on a major (criminal justice) and developed countless friendships. Well regarded by teammates, peers, instructors and college staff alike, there is no question that in his short time on campus, Saysay has made an indelible mark.

“My experience at Medaille so far has been fantastic – it is a place to learn and to grow, and I’m doing a lot of both,” he said.

A first-generation student and aspiring Customs and Border Patrol agent, Saysay’s experience in America over the past six years has brought him a combination of challenges and opportunities.

“It is difficult and different, but in a very positive way,” explained Saysay. Yet while striking cultural differences present themselves on a daily basis in places that range from the dining hall to the mall, the quantity and quality of the opportunities that exist in the United States, as well as the relationships he has developed over the past half-decade, have made the transition easier.

Reflecting on his short time at Medaille, Saysay credits his success to the school’s unparalleled classroom experience and the unwavering support of faculty and staff members eager to help students – local and international – overcome the obstacles presented by the transition from adolescence to young adulthood. While he is the first to admit that his brief time on campus has not imbued him with all knowledge of the collegiate life, Saysay does have one piece of advice that likely applies to students of all ages and backgrounds: “Don’t have too much fun!”

Thus far, such balance has served Anthony Saysay well – others would be wise to take heed. 

2012 Medaille Mavericks Soccer Team:

I'm grateful for the education I've received.

The instructors were knowledgeable and welcomed class discussions, with
respect for each student's contribution. I've learned how to be a more
effective leader. My capstone class gave insight on how to combine all
the education learned to operate a business. That's when I realized how
much I had sharpened my knowledge.

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