Reuben Quansah




Hostos Community College ASAP, Academic Advisor


What does your job entail on a daily basis?

Quality advisement time with our students!  A typical day consists of seeking and being sought by our students through scheduled appointments, office hours, phones calls, emails and/or opportune encounters!  We usually discuss academic, financial, or wellness concerns in depth and with an action plan.  I am known by students for reminding them to “plan your work, and work your plan.”  Either at the beginning or the end of my in-office meetings, students find themselves reading/writing words of wisdom from the “wisdom box.”  Of course, administrative duties and learning from my co-workers happen throughout the day—all for the sake of quality advisement time with our students! 



What has been the most rewarding thing about working at ASAP?

The most rewarding thing about working at ASAP has been the opportunity to help students tap into their intrinsic motivations.  I believe that one’s intrinsic motivation works wonders for setting life goals and effectively setting academic and career plans.  Oftentimes, students face many struggles before they decide to seek within themselves for success.  I am delighted to affirm/guide students to always do such.


What, in your opinion, makes ASAP unique?

I believe that ASAP’s wrap around, academic, financial and wellness services make it unique.  Additionally, what I find interesting is how this unique model is effective.  There are institutions that have similar aspirations of helping students enroll/graduate college successfully and timely.  In my opinion ASAP has found the right formula to position more students to do their best academically through it implementation of services (e.g., minimizing constraints around academic costs, transportation, and learning support).


Why do you think ASAP is important?

ASAP is important because preparing our scholars, thinkers, and doers, to manifest their potential inevitability leads to preparing our local communities to reach its potential.  I am a true believer of the African principle of Ubuntu meaning, “I am because we are”.  Communities thrive when its members put their best forth.  Academically, ASAP holds its students accountable to putting their best forth. 


How has working at ASAP impacted you?

Working at ASAP has impacted my urgency to facilitate values clarification and character development amongst students.  All too often, students pursue academic and career paths without a clear sense of their purpose and what they care most about.  Thus, I always make time to creatively engage my students in discussions/planning around intrinsic motivation and personal drive.


What is one of the most memorable moments you’ve had while working at ASAP?

One of my most memorable moments was going was attending the Apollo Theatre with our ASAP students.  Other than group and individual advisement sessions, this was a great opportunity for our students to learn more about the ASAP staff and vice versa.  Enjoying the show collectively and learning about each other’s interest through the certainly helped us build stronger student/advisor connections!



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