Melissa Schwartz


MSMStudent Manager, Queensborough Community College ASAP



When did you join ASAP?

February 2008.


What does your job entail on a daily basis?

Meetings with students make up the majority of a Student Manager’s day. Keeping up to date on the things that are relevant in our students lives is an important part of advising—from discussing how our students are progressing in their classes to following up on a scholarship application to discussing how their day is going. Following up with instructors and other administrative offices on and off campus is also an integral part of the job, as is planning and facilitating campus workshops and seminars.


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

Seeing so many of our students not only graduate from Queensborough, but also following them through their four year colleges and even graduate school.


What, in your opinion, makes ASAP unique?

ASAP is able to form and maintain an actual relationship with its students. Having that kind of bond allows the Student Manager to delve a little deeper and, more often than not, to have a more meaningful impact.


Why do you think ASAP is important?

ASAP gives community college students an opportunity to be successful students that graduate and move on to four-year schools. Too often an ASAP advisor is the only support system that a student has. This, coupled with the financial benefits the program provides, gives the student a real shot at not only completing their degree here at Queensborough, but also at having the motivation and confidence to continue pursuing their educational goals.



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