Katherine Feliz '11
Hostos Community College ASAP '11
Lehman College '13
What were your early impressions of ASAP, and how did they change over time?
When I first got into the ASAP program, I expected it to provide financial assistance to help me reach my goals. I remember the first meeting I had with my advisor: we discussed our monthly meetings and how they were a requirement for me to obtain ASAP's financial help. I think the ASAP program places so much emphasis on its financial assistance because that is what attracts students, but in the end what keeps us in the program and what helps us succeed is everything beyond the financial help. Over time I realized that it was those monthly meetings that pushed me to pick up the slack and to do better on my upcoming tests. I realized that it was the ASAP Seminar that prepared me for the 4-year college that I am currently at. And that is what ASAP is really about—helping you succeed at any cost.
What was the most rewarding thing about being an ASAP student?
In my opinion being an ASAP student has many advantages, but for me what was most rewarding was having such a dedicated group of people pushing for me to make it, making sure I passed my tests, and answering my calls 10 times a day if necessary. To me it was very rewarding to have the ASAP staff be so willing to help me succeed. I feel like my advisor did everything necessary and possible to get me where I had to be and for that I will always be thankful.
What, in your opinion, makes ASAP unique?
ASAP is unique in many ways, but if I had to choose one thing it would be the effort and support that they provide their students. In ASAP you never feel like just a number or just another student; the staff truly become interested in your success and before you know it you start thinking of them as family. I strongly believe that ASAP is a unique program. Staff get to know their students, check in with their professors, make sure students are on track with their courses and help them graduate by keeping track of their credits and making sure they take the necessary classes. The staff’s eagerness to see their students succeed and graduate is what makes ASAP unique.
Looking back, how do you think that ASAP impacted your life?
ASAP has been a very big factor in my life. I often found myself being pushed by the program to obtain help even when I believed I did not need it; often they made me see the things that I would have missed and that would have affected me negatively latter on. The team in the ASAP program became like my family: they celebrated my achievements with as much enthusiasm as my family did because like my family, the ASAP staff knew that they had played a very big part in my success.
What is one of the most memorable moments you had as an ASAP student?
My memorable moments at ASAP were countless. I think all my block classes were special because I knew my classmates. Also my meetings with my advisor were full of life lessons that I will forever cherish and live by. But if I had to choose my most memorable moment I would choose the time I called my advisor and before I could even said hello, he said, “Hi Katherine, how may I help you?” It amazed me that he knew my number and recognized it on the caller ID, and that’s because the staff gets to know you and they make you feel so comfortable that you can call countless times because you know they will help.
What are your career goals and/or future plans?
In the future I hope to attend medical school and work as a pediatrician—and thanks to ASAP I have the confidence that I can achieve that and much more.