Bengal Tales – Brian Milone

Brian Milone, '09

Class Year 2009
Major B.A. in History

Current Occupation
 Management and Program Analyst - Department of Homeland Security

What is one of your fondest memories of Buffalo State?

Some of my fondest memories at Buffalo State were social events and hanging out with friends. I quickly learned that if I wanted to enjoy myself at Buffalo State for the full four years, I had to find a balance. I needed a balance between school work, studying, and partying. You can't just stay in the library you're entire time at Buffalo State, and you can't stay out late every night either. Time management, organization, and self control are some of the most important tools Buffalo State has equipped me with.

Were you involved with any on-campus organizations as a student?

I was the Vice President of Tau Kappa Epsilon during my time at Buffalo State. I did volunteer work within the community and helped with charitable events for Alzheimer's Disease. I coordinated events affiliated with the fraternity and it was a great place to make connections and friendships that I still have today. I also participated in intramural sports. I unfortunately was never able to win an intramural championship.

How did graduating from Buffalo State shape your future?
Buffalo State prepared me for my career with the Department of Homeland Security. They are the ones that helped me start my career with the Federal Government. I received an email from Buffalo State regarding working for the 2010 United States Census. Working for the Census showed me that I wanted to work in a field dealing with current events and helping people. While going to school at Buffalo State, I found a love for Buffalo that I couldn't find anywhere else in the country. I met my beautiful wife in Buffalo (she went to UB but I don't hold that against her). We bought our first house here, and we are now raising our first child in Buffalo.

What accomplishments have you achieved since graduating from Buffalo State?
My biggest accomplishment since graduating from Buffalo State is how many opportunities I have had across the country. I was able to travel and explore. Through my work with the Federal Government, I've taken jobs across the county; some were more glamorous than others. I worked for TSA in the United States Virgin Islands. I worked for the Forrest Service in Washington State. I worked as an Immigration Officer in New York City. When I saw a job opening in Buffalo, I jumped at the opportunity. All of the traveling I did lead me back to Buffalo where I felt the most at home. I currently work at the Department of Homeland Security in the Employment Verification office. I'm continuing to try to reach the goals I set for myself while in college at Buffalo State; I am continuing to work in current events while helping people.

Do you have any advice for current students trying to achieve success after graduation?

Don't be discouraged by rejection; let it fuel you. Don't feel that you need results immediately to validate all of your hard work in college. Everything comes with time including the career you set out for. If you are passionate about something, pursue it. Know that if you work hard and set goals you can accomplish them with time and patience.



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Originally posted: April 2017