2012 Bronx Leadership Team
BCC ASAP Mentoring Program
2012 Bronx Leadership Team
Misael Cornelio, Rafael Coste, Kathy-Lee Lewis, Roswill Lyons, Miguel Mendez, Rebeca Ruiz, Betty LeCadre (Facilitator)
The ASAP BCC Mentoring Program is a series of info sessions tailored for students enrolled in the CUNY Language Immersion Program (also known as CLIP). The mentoring program facilitates a smooth transition into college life, through informing and advising students on various subjects vital to success at Bronx Community College, including CUNYFirst, ASAP, financial aid, scholarships, and study abroad opportunities. The mentors facilitating the program are current ASAP BCC students, some previous CLIP participants, each with their own story and desire to help those that need assistance.
May 10, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
What did you learn from the process of planning and executing your team project?
Misael: I learned that it is paramount to obtain input from all team members and ensure that everyone can properly assume their responsibilities.
Rafael: I think that working in a group is something unique; it gives each member of the group the opportunity to listen to the opinion of others from different points of view. As a result, the group can make a decision combining different ideas of the group members and end up with a big idea. Working in a team has helped me to understand how important and valuable opinions are and how we can discuss and come to agree in order to come with the best proposal.
What was your favorite part of working on your team project?
Roswill: My favorite part of the team project was the brainstorming portion. It was great to listen to innovative ideas and rule out the ones that were not too appealing or possible.
Rebeca: My favorite part of working on my team project was that I got to meet new people, and that was a great experience. Another favorite part was that I was able that inform people about things they didn’t know and provide them with information they needed.
Do you think your team reached its goals in planning and executing your project?
Miguel: I believe that my team successfully planned and executed an event that improved our skills and helped out our college community.
Rebeca: I believe my team did reach its goals in planning and executing our project. While working on the project we all worked hard, worked well with each other, and all contributed to a great outcome. We also reached our goal of executing our project because we had a great turnout and we succeeded with providing students with useful information.
What’s been your favorite thing about being in the ASAP Leadership Program?
Kathy: My favorite thing about being in the ASAP Leadership Program has been the CAT workshops: they were very intriguing and brought many ideas to working as a team.
Rafael: The fact of interacting with people inside and outside the team as a way to make this experience something really special and an experience that I am never going to forget. Working with people that have the desire to make changes around them and are always eager to help people.
What impact has the ASAP Leadership Program had on you as a student and as a person?
Roswill: The leadership program has allowed me to actively contribute to my college campus and improve my collaboration skills. It also introduced me to new people.
Rafael: Now I feel more confident with myself. I am able to do things and manage some situations that I thought were impossible to handle. I think that I have also learned to listen more carefully to the opinions of others and understand how important their viewpoints are, especially when we are planning something that requires different ideas in order to get good results.
How will you apply the lessons or skills you’ve learned through participating in this experience—in the classroom, in your career, and/or in your life in general?
Misael: I will apply the communicative skills obtained to communicate better with professors, family and friends. It will also greatly assist me in the field of Criminal Justice, my major, where working together is essential.
Rebeca: I will apply them every day. For me it is really important to be working in an environment where everybody works as a good team, where people are always bringing new things to the table in order to enhance our knowledge and also make us better people everywhere we go.