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Student Spotlight: Matthew Iannantuono, MBA in Finance

Matthew Iannantuono, MBA in Finance

Current occupation: Maintenance Technician

What made you decide to pursue your degree as an adult?

My Uncle Steve made me want to pursue my career in finance. He was a financial consultant for years and passed away in a motorcycle accident on September 17, 2017. My Uncle and I had a lot in common and always lived life to the fullest.

Why did you choose to study at Tiffin University?

TU is in my hometown. I work at the university as a maintenance technician and now have obtained two degrees from TU. It’s a special place to be, and you are surrounded by kind hearts and loving faces.

What has been your experience with the program so far?

Exceptional, there were really no surprises in the program, but it is time-consuming work. My interactions with the faculty and cohort were amazing. I have made new connections that have allowed me to expand my networking capabilities!

How are you juggling work, life and going back to school?

I wake up every morning with a positive attitude and keep that attitude throughout the day and the rest of the week. Every day during the week, I juggled work, coaching, working out, cooking, and doing homework. It was no walk in the park. I averaged around 4 hours of sleep each night and have managed to do that for five years now. The biggest thing is not to procrastinate, get the work done early in the week and allow yourself time to relax during the weekend.

What keeps you motivated to stay in the program?

My willingness to be successful. I refused to fail, and there was nothing that was going to deter me from reaching my goals.

What advice would you give to a prospective student who is thinking about going back to school?

Go all in, do not back down because of a challenge, and choose to invest in yourself.

TU’s motto is: Without risk there is no gain. Can you tell us about a time when you took a risk and what you gained from it?

My degree was me taking a risk. Before starting my degree(s), I thought to myself, “How am I going to do this with everything else I have going on?” The answer is the TU motto “Without risk, there is no gain”. I have lived that motto for years. Honestly, if you don’t put yourself out there, you will stay complacent and not grow. A complacent person is something that I never want to be. I believe it is important to continue growing throughout each day and become better than you were yesterday.

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