Borough of Manhattan Community College ASAP Fall '13
My name is Giovanne Sloley; I was born and raised in Jamaica in a suburb of Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth. I lived with my mother and brother and in close proximity to my extended family. Our community was close knit and I developed several lifelong relationships from this support network. The peak of my education in Jamaica came as I graduated from Black River High School in May 2010. At that point, I migrated to the United States and lived with my family in Brooklyn, New York. I always heard about culture shock but you do not know how bad it can be until you experience it yourself. I was at first taken aback by the stark differences I encountered.
Since I had graduated high school in Jamaica, I applied to CUNY and I was enrolled at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in the spring of 2012. I was told to look into service programs that could help me adjust to school life in America. I found out about ASAP from a friend who was enrolled in it. In fall of 2012, I was recruited by ASAP. At first I didn’t know much about the program. All I knew was that the program offered free MetroCards and free books along with tuition assistance; but after attending the workshop and orientation sessions I was more enlightened about the vast resources that the program invests in students.
Thus far, my experience with ASAP has been one of support, encouragement and accountability. I was given a personal advisor who has helped me navigate the education system and the requirements for not only for the ASAP program but also my degree. She has encouraged me to focus and continue to dig deeper when the stress of college has seemed to be overwhelming. Their academic standards ensured that I maintained my own high standards; this is paying off with me earning A’s and making the Dean’s List. Through my regular meetings with my advisor, I have refined my long-term goals. Through the assistance of my advisor and her persistence and maintaining a high grade point average, I was granted the privilege to become a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at my school. My advisor also helped me with the preparation of scholarship applications and now, with this help, I am currently taking part in a program called New York Needs You (NYNY), and also an accounting scholar program called Accounting Scholar Development Program, which will be held in Denver this July.
After the completion of my associate’s degree, I plan to transfer to a four-year university to obtain my bachelors degree in Accounting with a minor in a related field. I want to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). ASAP’s support has played an integral part in my current and future success. The program, and in particular my advisor, made navigating the educational system easy, while I was still dealing with culture shock and adjusting to a new environment. I was encouraged to reach my maximum potential and dream big, while being given the tools and resources to achieve those dreams. ASAP has helped with my maturation as a student and a person. I wish there were more programs like ASAP for the many students that enter the US and undertake college education. It has empowered my academic outlook and help set me on an upward trajectory for my life.