Kwesi Samuels




Academic Advisor,

Kingsborough Community College ASAP



What does your job entail on a daily basis?

On a daily basis I am meeting with students to discuss anything from academics to personal issues. My day is also spend reaching out to students and professors, and making sure students who may be struggling are going to class, completing assignments on time, and putting forth effort on exams. Every day and every student is different but the goal never changes: student success.


What has been the most rewarding thing about working at ASAP?

The most rewarding thing about working with ASAP is seeing my students graduate. Being able to meet students fresh out of high school during the Summer Institute before their first day of college, to watching students walk across the stage to receive the degree that they worked so hard to achieve.


What, in your opinion, makes ASAP unique?

Free tuition, free textbooks, and monthly MetorCards do not make ASAP unique. To me one of the most important tools that one needs to survive in college is a great support system. Students know they can find that in ASAP. No matter the situation, students know they can meet with their advisor and get assistance. If we can assist the student we do so willingly, and if we can't we make sure to point them in the right direction. What makes ASAP unique is the bond and friendship advisors develop with students over the course of their time at Kingsborough and sometimes beyond.


What is one of the most memorable moments you’ve had while working at ASAP?

One of the most memorable moments that I have had working with ASAP was when one of my male students told me that if he had not had me in his corner encouraging him to do well in college, he did not know where he would be today. Hearing that made me feel that I am actually doing something right. 



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