Cyd Williams

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Academic Advisor

Bronx Community College ASAP

 

When did you join ASAP?

In the summer 2007, I was asked to assist Dr. John Davis with his recruitment, and in August 2007, I joined the ASAP program as an academic advisor.

 

What does your job entail on a daily basis?

A typical day begins with a 9 a.m. appointment followed by looking at student attendance for absentees and lateness.  Throughout the semester my tasks involve teaching time management; assisting students with study skills and strategies; and identifying their interests, abilities, and personal skills, as well as their semester goals and overall academic goals. I often ask students to create an academic plan, which we compare to my plan and then discuss.

 

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

The most rewarding aspect of working with ASAP is seeing many of my students grow mentally as well as academically.  It is rewarding to see a student who was once shy and timid but no longer needs a holding hand.  They have acquired adequate knowledge about college to avoid pitfalls; they are aware of college expectations and no longer look for excuses; they have taken control of their academic and personal lives.

 

What, in your opinion, makes ASAP unique?

ASAP is unique because of its involved advisors, who demonstrate genuine care, concern, and appreciation for their students.

 

Williams WS2Why do you think ASAP is important?

ASAP is important because it fills many financial gaps for students who are serious about earning an education.

 

How has working at ASAP impacted you?

Working with ASAP has allowed me to reflect on my own youth and how I felt when I started college. ASAP has helps me to appreciate our students and their differences and also to work with their unique qualities.

 

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

My most memorable moment while working with ASAP was when one of my advisees came into my office with a form to withdraw from the ASAP program and from college altogether.  We looked at the situation and together we worked things out. Today that person is doing well at Baruch College. It only takes a moment to show someone that there is hope.

 


 

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