Grads on the Move

Jesse Iyalekhue

Why did you choose Post University?

Mike Donnelly (the Basketball coach) wrote me a personal letter, which stood out from all the other schools that contacted me. The letter talked about my high school career and it made me want to visit the school. When I did, I fell in love with Post. It was a close-knit family environment. The coach and the staff were really open and accepting of me as part of their family.

How did you land your position at GE?

It was weird, actually. I was putting out my resume and I got a phone call on Wednesday, saying that I was qualified for the position at GE due the experience I received through internships at Post. Everything went well at the interview and they hired me the spot on Friday. While at Post, I worked at an amusement park as a computer tech, and at Omni Engineering and Globe Op Financial Services in Hartford. The last two internships were set up by Career Services at Post and the first one was through a friend.

Do you think you’d be where you are now without a degree from Post?

No, not at all. The internships were a great help. In the classroom, they teach you background knowledge and how to troubleshoot. The internships gave me that on-the-job experience. I think having that degree from Post put me over the edge for this job.

Did you think Post was affordable and provided a good return on your investment?

Yes, it definitely gave me a great return on my investment. It was affordable, too. They worked out a lot of payment options with my parents. I also got a basketball scholarship, some grants and a computer information scholarship.

Was the financial aid provided to you by Post a key factor in your decision to attend?

No, actually. My key factor was all the support I got. Having that extra “family” and support, being away from home and all, made me really commit to Post. That really made the difference.

In comparison to other schools where you applied, was Post more or less affordable?

Post was probably one of the most expensive, but it was more worth it. About 99 percent of their basketball students were graduating on time. The other schools weren’t interested in whether their students graduated on time. But Mike Donnelly was more concerned about school first, and basketball second. That made a real difference to me and my parents. He wanted his players to get out of school with a degree. This year, all seven seniors on the basketball team graduated on time.

What one thing about Post was most influential in your ability to compete in the work world?

I think the emphasis on hard work, dedication and determination was really important. I would never have pursued a job like this coming out of college, except for the fact that a Post degree was worth something. I really took advantage of the opportunities they gave me. It’s important to take advantage of all the opportunities Post provides from career services to all the other programs they provide to you. Financial aid, professors, even the president of the school gave me opportunities and it paid off.

Would you recommend Post to your friends?

Of course. My cousin applied for next year. He’s going to start in September in CIS.