Sebastian Oddo '07
Author, Digital Producer
"Manhattanville inspired me to give back, help others and never give up."
What being an alumnus means to me...
When I think of what it means to me about being a Manhattanville Alumnus, the words "You can do it!" come to mind.
This positive saying was emphasized to me many times throughout my years at Manhattanville. I must give credit to Jose Flores, Professor Murray and Professor Bardsley for inspiring me to keep my head up!
During my time at Manhattanville I overcame many obstacles in my life. I had severe anxiety attacks and on top of that I had a learning disability. How the hell was I going to graduate college?
Mr. Flores believed in me when I was in 12th grade when he came to visit my high school in Staten Island. He gave me a chance, even though my grades were not up to par.
Both Professor Murray and Professor Bardsley treated me with respect and always put extra time in to help me when I didn't understand something. I am very grateful for all three of them.
Manhattanville inspired me to give back, help others and never give up.
Sebastian Oddo '07
On May 8th, 2009, 2 years after I graduated from Manhattanville, I published my first book!
Using the Law of Attraction and Lynn Grabhorn's "Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting" (A NY Times Best Seller) as a starting point, I wrote, "Excuse Me, College Is Now". This book is an invaluable, up-beat guide for college students, and their parents, on how to navigate the stresses of college life to enjoy it. Filled with real-life stories (during my years at Manhattanville) and practical tips, this is a user-friendly book that deals with the major issues college kids face today.
"Excuse Me, College Is Now" includes advice and tips on:
• Time and money management
• How to deal with exams, papers, and grades
• Social life, relationships, and dating
• Pressure from family to do well
• How to get and keep a job
• How to manage your future
I currently work as a digital producer working on digital strategy consulting and marketing strategies across multiple industries including automotive, financial services, retailing and consumer goods. I have managed digital projects for major US and Global clients including BMW, MasterCard, Sprint, Home Depot, Allstate, Castrol, Clear, Bank of America, ABInBev, Warner Brothers, Nestle, Skadden Arps, Motorola, and FAO Schwartz.