Menelik Goodwin



Bronx Community College ASAP '13


What is the ASAP student community like?

The ASAP community could best be described as close-knit. Rewarding relationships tend to develop as we spend our first two semesters taking classes together. During the last two semesters, when we take classes with the “mainstream” students, the bonds between ASAP students remain and are quite visible. We still meet together to discuss our progress and future academic plans, especially now that most of us are preparing to transfer to four-year colleges.


What, in your opinion, makes ASAP unique?

I have noticed that students in the ASAP program tend to show a lot more commitment in completing their degree program. Most ASAP students recognize and appreciate the benefits afforded them by the program and use these benefits as motivation to continue to perform well academically.


What impact has ASAP had on your education?

ASAP has made my educational journey much more manageable. The program has made matters such as obtaining textbooks, taking summer and winter courses, and transportation to and from campus less of a problem for me. Consequently, I’ve been able to make a greater investment of time and focus into learning, which has resulted in me getting A’s in all my courses thus far.


Why did you join ASAP?

When I entered Bronx Community College, I received an email from ASAP informing me that I was eligible to become a student within the program. I then attended an interview and information session to learn more about the ASAP. Based on what I learned, it was clear that ASAP would be a blessing to my academic pursuits. I signed on immediately.


What are your future plans?

My future plans are to transfer to a top-notch four-year college and pursue courses in the areas of leadership and government. I also intend to go on to graduate school and obtain my PhD. It terms of a career, I am contemplating several areas. I would like to become a consultant to governments in the Caribbean region, where I’m from, and I would also like to work with young people in areas of academic and entrepreneurial development.



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