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SNHU Spotlight: Lawrence Michael Mazza II, BA in English Grad

Lawrence Michael Mazza II in a graduation cap and gown at his SNHU Commencement ceremony.When Lawrence Michael Mazza II saw a commercial for Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) during the pandemic, he saw it as a sign.

"I was watching a soccer game on TV, and there was a commercial for SNHU," he said. "I was like — that commercial? That's for me."

So, he got to work — and just a few years later, he was celebrating a bachelor's in English and creative writing. "I flew up from Cocoa Beach, Florida, and this is extremely cold weather, but worth it," he said at his Commencement ceremony in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Although he doubted himself at times, Mazza leaned on SNHU's staff for support whenever he needed it during his program. "My advisor, Christie, she helped me every step of the way," he said.

When he looked out into the the crowd at the SNHU Arena at Commencement, he said he saw Christie there and felt a surge of extra confidence. "It was so assuring to me," he said.

In addition to being the first in his family to earn a college degree, Mazza graduated with honors, wearing graduation cords atop his regalia to denote his accomplishments and affiliations. "I've got an honors chord, I have some cords related to the National Society of Leadership and Success, and I have my Tau Delta strings as well," he said.

And by Commencement, Mazza's new career had already begun. "I actually started teaching middle school English about two months ago," he said. "All thanks to my degree at SNHU."

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Mars Girolimon '21 '23G is a staff writer at Southern New Hampshire University where they earned their bachelor's and master's, both in English and creative writing. In addition to their work in higher education, Girolimon's short fiction is published in the North American Review, So It Goes by The Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library, X-R-A-Y and more. They're currently writing their debut novel, which was Longlisted for The First Pages Prize. Connect with them on LinkedIn and X, formerly known as Twitter.

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