Melissa Siravolo proves every day you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. She’s a full-time mom, a full-time student and one of the leaders of student honor society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).
Siravolo grew up in the Camillus and Geddes area where she earned her GED. After having a daughter she began taking OCC classes online. While earning 24 credits at home she raised her daughter (now age 9) and son (age 4). “Taking classes while raising a family was very challenging. I think it made me appreciate what I was accomplishing even more.”
When her son became old enough to attend Pre-K Siravolo made the decision to start taking classes on campus. “I had to work really hard to be able to come to school but I realized the opportunities it would give me.” She’s majoring in human services with a concentration on social work and criminal justice and is also pursuing an Honors minor. “I want to become a social worker. I love the idea of helping people. It’s very important to me.”
It’s also important to her to continue spending time with her children. “They are my focus. The role model I am providing them with is super important to me.”
Siravolo has found a group of people important to her on campus as well. Her outstanding grades have earned her membership in PTK, and she is the organization’s vice president for service. “I love Phi Theta Kappa. The advisors (Annie Tuttle and Jackie Barstow) are always there to help me. It’s great to have that support on campus. It’s like a family.”