Iman Stevenson '11
Kingsborough Community College ASAP '11
Hunter College '14, media studies major
Intern, A&E Programming
What were your early impressions of ASAP, and how did they change over time?
I did not know much about it, other than the many benefits it had for students. Over time I was able to see just how impactful it was.
What was the most rewarding thing about being an ASAP student?
It would have to be how connected I feel to the program and because of that I keep in contact with my old career advisor and I recently said a few words at the last ASAP graduation ceremony. As an ASAP student you feel compelled to pay it forward and be of service to the people who helped you. The rewarding part is being able to help and acknowledge the people who helped me.
What, in your opinion, makes ASAP unique?
Undoubtedly, not having to deal with the stressors associated with the many costs that come with attending college. It allows you to focus a lot more on your studies.
Looking back, how do you think that ASAP impacted your life?
For starters it showed me how your life can be altered when you have people who dedicate their lives to making sure you succeed. I always felt like there were people in my corner. Further, I had people who saw a spark in me and informed me about opportunities that would expand my network and help me professionally. If I needed words of advice or a summer job opportunity, I could contact one of my advisors.
What is one of the most memorable moments you had as an ASAP student?
I think that the biggest moment was being pushed far beyond anything I had ever envisioned for myself. I always saw myself as an ambitious person, but my advisors always believed I could be more and do more. Whether it was taking a heavier course load or convincing me to apply for a fellowship program that I thought I would not get into, I set the bar so much higher for myself now.
What are your career goals and/or future plans?
I really want to work in media. I have interned at multiple media organizations and at this point, I am just seeking the right organizational fit. I want to travel a lot more as well; I studied abroad in Brazil and it changed my life, so I will be seeing a lot more of the world in the near future.