Morika Gopaul '12
Queensborough Community College ASAP '12
Current Student, Hunter College
Upon completing high school, I was unsure of what to do next. I was a student who did not want to attend college, partly because I feared of being a failure. It took a lot of encouragement from my wonderful guidance counselor and supportive mother to convince me to apply to several schools. Once I received my acceptance letters, it hit me that I just might have a chance at be successful in college. After looking at all the schools that I was accepted to, I finally chose Queensborough Community College and applied to the ASAP program. My first time visiting QCC’s campus was to attend the ASAP information session. I was beyond overwhelmed; I took one look at this big campus and thought, “there is no way I can do this.” I wanted to walk off campus and forget everything, but a small part of me still wanted to see what QCC and ASAP had to offer me. By the end of the information secession and having listened to what ASAP could provide for me I had more confidence in my ability to attend college. I knew that ASAP would be there for me. From the first day I started ASAP my advisor was a big part of me earning an associate degree. She understands me as an individual and went out of her way to help me in any way that I needed.
It has been about two years since I graduated high school, and today I look back at the girl who lacked a significant amount of confidence in herself; the girl who though she would be a complete failure; the girl who was too afraid to even try. Today I am the young lady who is going after all of my dreams, no matter how big or small they may seem. Even though I know there will be times where I may doubt myself or others may doubt me, I take the negative and make it into something positive. It is difficult to say I have no fears for my future, but I will say my greatest fears are not being a success or reaching my goals, and not making my parents proud of me and how hard I have worked to make my dreams a reality.
My long-term educational goals are to be a transfer student at Hunter College in the fall of 2012, majoring in Psychology. Upon the completion of a bachelor’s degree, I aspire to obtain my master's in higher education administration, which will give me the appropriate credentials to work in colleges. My long-term career goal is to be an academic advisor. As an academic advisor I want to have a positive impact on the academic journeys and the lives of students the same way my ASAP advisor had an impact on me.
I will be forever grateful for all the support that ASAP has given me during my time at QCC.