Manuel Mercedes


Manuel Mercedes


Hostos Community College ASAP '12


What is the ASAP student community like?

The ASAP community, besides being diverse in all ways, is mostly constituted of caring academic achievers that have a bright future.


What, in your opinion, makes ASAP unique?

I think that ASAP is unique mainly because of the block classes, which give us a chance to get to know each other and to interact with each other. Also, the fact that ASAP aids us with the transportation and textbooks gives us the opportunity to be more focused on our studies.


What impact has ASAP had on your education?

ASAP has impacted my education by letting me interact with a circle of students that have their goals set high, which makes me want to give 100% of myself to my studies.


What is one of the most memorable moments you’ve had as an ASAP student?

The ASAP Summer Institute—because it was there that I met the people that grew in my heart as my closest friends and because of the fact that over 3 days I was able to bond with such wonderful people.  Being part of the ASAP leadership team was also memorable.


Why did you join ASAP?

Mainly because of the financial help that they were able to give me and the fact that I was not really familiar with the college and I hoped ASAP would be able to show me around.


What were your first impressions of ASAP, and have they changed over time?

Because I had no previous knowledge of the program until I applied to it I had no expectations, but I remember that as I was sitting in the first orientation meeting I thought, “Wow, this is too much. Will I be able to accomplish all they are asking of me?” Right now, I reflect on that and I am able to say that I was more than capable and that joining ASAP was the best choice I ever made.


What are your future plans?

My future plans after graduation are to finish a degree in business management, hopefully at Baruch College, and after that to get a rather stable job, hopefully at CUNY because I want to give back to the university.



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