LaGuardia Community College ASAP '13
What, in your opinion, makes ASAP unique?
There are many things that make ASAP unique from other programs. One thing is the individual attention that I get from my advisor. The whole staff is very supportive, kind, and friendly, which makes you feel very special. Different field trips are very informative and make college life fun. The most important thing is that ASAP is just like a family where students come from different backgrounds and cultures and share each others' happiness, which is something very impressive and stupendous.
What impact has ASAP had on your education?
ASAP has had a huge impact on my education. I have learned a lot through different activities. Leadership seminars have given me the opportunity to express myself in an open way and have helped me to break the shackles of fear. Through career counseling, I have now a clear vision of my future. In addition, whenever I felt stressed or depressed, my advisor always supported me and, more importantly, provided me the solutions of my problems. Overall, ASAP has converted my boring college life into a pleasant one.
Why did you join ASAP?
I joined ASAP because of two reasons: student advising and career counseling. There is a big difference between a school life and a college life. The college life is more competitive, combative, and arduous as compared to a school life. You have to face many walls and hurdles and need someone to guide you. Before I came to LaGuardia, I wanted someone who could help and assist me during my time in college, and thanks to my friend who told me about the ASAP program I got that. In addition, I also wasn’t really sure about my future plans. I had no idea where to go after graduating from LAGCC. I would like to thank my career counselor who helped me in choosing the right path and gave me so much information about different scholarships.
What were your first impressions of ASAP, and have they changed over time?
I was treated like I was very special when I first came to ASAP. Before the start of the semester, I remember that we had some group activities we all enjoyed a lot. I still feel that the whole management is very co-operative and friendly. Advisors and tutors are always ready to help you and they want you to succeed in every course. If a student is facing any problem, they try their best to solve it as soon as possible so that it won’t affect the student. I think they are doing a very fine job and we must appreciate their efforts that they are making for us.
What are your future plans?
I want to get my bachelor’s degree in accounting from none other than Columbia University. It seems a huge task but certainly not impossible. It would be a drastic change and would require a lot of hard work, dedication, and commitment--and I know that I'm capable of doing it. I simply believe that there is nothing in this world that cannot be achieved. All you need is the will and positive attitude to get there. I am also planning to pursue my masters from either NYU or Columbia University. Both institutions are very credible and provide a high-class education. In terms of career, I simply want to be an accountant. My math and problem-solving skills are pretty good and I want to utilize them.