Hostos Community College ASAP '09
Major: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Future plan: To study International Affairs at a 4 year college, then to pursue a career with the U.N.
What impact has ASAP had on your education?
ASAP gave me the opportunity to pursue my education full-time. I was scared, because I also work full time. I thought when I started that it was not going to be easy and that I might drop out and not make it, but ASAP gave me a chance to prove myself. ASAP staff and advisors are there for me when I feel stressed, and knowing that people are there to guide and help me makes me glad. I am glad to have taken this chance. Thanks to ASAP, my dreams are coming to pass.
What is the ASAP student community like?
I am 30 years old and from Togo (West Africa). I came to the USA in October 2003. When I first came into the program, being the only African I thought that there might be some discrimination. Not at all; I get along with everybody. We have known each other since the summer program and we are there for each other. I go to them when I have a problem in a subject, just as one of them comes to me when they need help.
Who inspires you?
My mother inspires me a lot. She had me at 18 and after that she struggled to go back to school and succeeded. She always tells me: "Do not let anyone tell you that you can't do it. All you have to do is believe in yourself. Go for your dreams. It is never too late to achieve."