Stories of Success: Chris Duerr '14

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August 2, 2011 - 3:14pm

Chris Duerr ’14 BSED doesn’t give up easily. The Lakeview, N.Y. native defines success as "learning from one’s own mistakes," and he speaks from personal experience. "I have battled injuries from sports, poor grades in school and personal life challenges that almost got me to say to myself, ‘I give up.’" After three semesters at a college in the Midwest that tested his psychological and emotional strength, Duerr found his new home at Medaille College.

He described one of his first interactions with the College in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. "Bernadette Clark [director of transfer admissions] listened to me and gave me…a second chance at my future to be a teacher," he explained. From there, he said, "I have fallen in love with this school and everyone that is a part of it."

Duerr looks to the TRiO staff for the support he needs to pursue his goal of becoming an elementary school teacher. "They are there to help me with my future and to keep me on track with my school work so I don’t fall behind at any point during the semester," he explained.

Crediting his mom for his success, Duerr stated, "She is my hero, and a walking example of the saying ‘never give up.’" His mother was diagnosed with breast cancer during Duerr’s freshman year of high school, and "she never said once that she was going to give up when times got hard."

As of August 2011, his mother will have been cancer-free for seven years. Duerr continued, "I want to say ‘thank you’ to her for not letting me give up and pushing me to get back up on my feet, and showing everyone I have the potential to be successful."    

This content originally appeared in the summer 2011 issue of the Medaille Magazine.

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