Van Martinez


Bronx Community College ASAP '10

Major: Radiologic Technology

Future plan: To become an MRI technician and earn a Bachelors degree in Radiologic science.


Why did you join ASAP?

I was born in the Dominican Republic and have lived in the USA since November 2005. As all new beginnings, a new life in the United States seemed to be very difficult and challenging for me, an immigrant student who did not speak English at all. I have always had clear educational goals in my life. So I decided to attend a GED program in a local high school and take English classes at the same time. It was very challenging, even frustrating at times, that all my classmates were English proficient and I was struggling to understand their words. However, my desire for learning was stronger than all barriers, and I got my GED diploma a few months after I enrolled in the program.

Since I was a high school student in my native Dominican Republic, I felt passion for helping sick people because my mother has Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that attacks body's cells and tissue. For this reason, I decided to apply for admission at Bronx Community College in order to get my associate's degree in radiologic technology. Knowing that most students take around 5 years to complete their associate's degree, I enrolled in the ASAP program that is helping me to graduate by the year 2010. This fall 2008 is my fourth semester at BCC, and my second semester as part of the ASAP radiologic technology program. Being part of ASAP is a privilege for me.


How do you stay motivated?

I attend college as a full-time student, and I also have a part-time job which helps me to support my mother back home. It is not easy to manage my time between work and study, but I try to do my best. It is very important for me to be aware of what my goals are as a student. Sometimes I feel like giving up and I find myself complaining about how difficult it is to work and attend college at the same time. However, I realize that I am investing in my future, and that I have to keep fighting until I see my dreams come true.


What are your future plans?

I want to become an MRI technician and get a BA in Radiologic Science. This will enable me to help health care professionals diagnose and treat sick people, which has always been my passion and primary goal in life.



Read more about Bronx ASAP students >>