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Yggor Zignago, Class of December 2015, Business Administration major

Why did you choose Medaille?

I have always had the dream to earn an American education.  I knew that earning a college degree along with the fact I speak English would give me a competitive advantage at home in Brazil.  I selected Medaille specifically because my close family friend, Jaime Salcedo, was attending and I wanted to attend college with him.  Medaille also gave me the opportunity to play soccer throughout my education.

What are some of your accomplishments while you have been a student at Medaille that you are most proud of?

I was honored to receive the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges award.  Also, each semester I have made the Dean’s list it has been important to me.  I work very hard and it is nice to see the results. In addition to my academic achievements, I am proud of the accomplishments that I have been a part of, as a member of the soccer team.

How have faculty and staff helped play a role in helping you become successful?

My professors have been very helpful to me and understanding regarding the fact I speak a different language.  Professors Debby Ceppaglia and Doug Anderson have been especially supportive and influential.  My Academic Advisor, Lindy, has also helped me in a 100 different ways throughout the years.

If you could eat dinner with anyone, who would you choose?

My family. I miss them and value their company.  They are at home in Brazil and living so far away from them is hard.  They are great and I’ll never take them for granted.

What three items would you want to have with you on a deserted island?

A soccer ball. Chipotle burrito. Sunscreen.

What are your plans for the future?

For the immediate future, I would like to work as a financial analyst at a large company in Brazil and eventually work my way up to a high position in the company. Personally, I hope to be happy and achieve everything I hope to by working hard.  When things are easy, it does not feel as good.  Life can be a struggle at times and I appreciate everything I have.

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