Hostos Community College ASAP '14
What is the ASAP student community like?
It is like my second home. I have colleagues, friends and a network of students I teach, because I am a math tutor. I enjoy being part of this program and it has offered me opportunities I never dreamed I could get.
What, in your opinion, makes ASAP unique?
What makes ASAP unique is the individual care that the program provides to each student through passionate advisors, career and employment specialists, and the tutoring services to help him/her to succeed and overcome his/her academic challenges.
The more important thing is that the program provides the means—i.e. books, metro cards and tuition gap assistance—that make it easier for students to be more focused on their education. In addition, the small group of ASAP students promotes a good climate for friendship and makes us feel like in family. Everyone is treated fairly.
The Career and Employment Specialist is also very helpful in the way she helps students to be more prepared for the work world that is waiting for them and pushes them to "think outside the box” and try for scholarships, internships and jobs, as well as study abroad programs.
What impact has ASAP had on your education?
ASAP has a really positive impact on my education. First of all, ASAP's Career and Emplyoment Specialist helped me to switch my full time job for a part time job, which helped me in freeing up more time for my studies and research. Since I joined ASAP, I don’t have to be anxious about how to get my books on time for the semester or where to find money to pay for summer class or winter classes. ASAP gives me peace of mind concerning financial issues, and I am really grateful for that. Summer workshops helped me to widen my comfort zone and to overcome my fear of speaking in public.
What is one of the most memorable moments you’ve had as an ASAP student?
When I was invited to participate in a Summer Study Abroad program in China and I thought I could not attend because I had no money. The ASAP director and the Career and Employment Specialist pushed me to apply for scholarships and grants and I just returned from the most amazing educational trip I ever attended.
Why did you join ASAP?
My desire is to finish my associate’s degree in less than five semesters, but I was limited by financial issues. Willing to fulfill my dream, I joined ASAP because of the services that the program provides to students and I am grateful that I was accepted.
What were your first impressions of ASAP, and have they changed over time?
My first impression of ASAP, was that it was a kind program that expected results and achievement. In the beginning, I thought it was very demanding on time because of the advisement appointments, the Summer Institute and the ASAP Seminar, but then I realized that the program offered all the necessary tools to complete my degree. I have benefited from the resources the program has to offer students and how much each ASAP staff member is interested and devoted to the success of the students.
What are your future plans?
My future plans are to transfer to a senior college to pursue my bachelor’s degree, and later on to continue to a graduate school for my PhD degree. I dream of transferring to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for my bachelor’s degree. I know that the battle won’t be easy, but I do know that I am not a quitter, but a fighter. I feel well prepared to face any challenges that may rise in my academic journey.