BMCC ASAP Students
Borough of Manhattan Community College ASAP students come from diverse backgrounds, have a variety of goals, and have accomplished impressive things while in the program. Read their stories and hear about their achievements below.
BMCC ASAP Student Profiles and Interviews
"Thus far, my experience with ASAP has been one of support, encouragement and accountability. I was given a personal advisor who has helped me navigate the education system and the requirements for not only for the ASAP program but also my degree. She has encouraged me to focus and continue to dig deeper when the stress of college has seemed to be overwhelming. Their academic standards ensured that I maintained my own high standards; this is paying off with me earning A’s and making the Dean’s List."
Giovanne Sloley, BMCC ASAP Fall '13
"Before becoming an ASAP student I thought they would only help me with my financial needs, but that’s not all they do... [T]he thing I value the most about ASAP is that they provide me with someone who appreciates my passion for school and my future, and someone who is concerned for my well-being."
Carolin E. Valet, BMCC ASAP '15
"My first year was not without its challenges, but with the invaluable support and personal advisement of my advisor, Denessa Rose, I was able to conquer those challenges. The ASAP program is like no other program that I have seen. The ASAP staff are advisors by profession, but throughout the school year and during vacation they are counselors, friends, mentors, motivators, and every other professional role it takes to help you over those hurdles."
Charlene Gibbs-King, BMCC ASAP '13
"No one thing in particular makes ASAP unique because I think everything does, from getting assistance with tuition to having a close connection with one’s personal academic advisor/tutor(s) and career counselors. The ASAP staff is always willing to do everything within their capacity to assist with your academic and non-academic issue(s) ... Also, ASAP has the ability to offer job placement services, recommendations, internship placement services, free textbooks, and free metrocards, to name a few things… It’s just priceless!"
Oluwabunmi (Bunmi) Alo, Borough of Manhattan Community College ASAP '13
"Being the first in my family to attend college, I find this whole experience surreal, yet rewarding. After completing three consecutive semesters in college while maintaining a GPA of 3.6, I realized that the power for success was solely at my hands and if I focused intently, anything is possible."
Anival Jesus Gonzalez, BMCC ASAP '12
"ASAP is unique because it alleviates the pressure of each students' chaotic life by offering free use of books, free monthly Metrocards, and superb guidance from qualified professionals. ASAP also teaches each student how to deal with life's challenges, such as stress and financial responsibility."
Quenta Howard, Borough of Manhattan Community College ASAP '12
BMCC ASAP Student Accomplishments
ASAP Students Exploring Vassar: Amanda Rios and Lyda Amoa-Owusu (both Fall '13) participated in the five-week Exploring Transfer Summer Program at Vassar College. The program aims to "giv[e] community college students the chance to live and learn at Vassar College" in part to "rigorously prepar[e] students for transfer to four-year institutions."
Students Studying Abroad: Estephanie Mejia and Ana Minalla (both Fall '13) are participating in BMCC's Study Abroad in Spain Program, which is designed for students with experience with Spanish, and is based at the University of Oviedo, Asturias. Ana Minalla is also taking part in a social science course in Italy, which consists of seminars iwth guest lecturers, field trips to historic sites, and cultural tours.
Summer Accounting Program: Giovanne Sloley (Fall '13) participated in the AICPA Accounting Scholars Development Program in Denver, Colorado. The all-expenses paid workshop is "an annual invitational program for minority accounting students who plan to pursue the CPA designation."
ASAP Students Win NYU Scholarship: Delia Arthur '13 and Abdel Fall (Fall '13) were awarded scholarships by NYU's Community College Transfer Opportunity Program (CCTOP), a scholarship and advisement program for students transferring into the Paul McGhee Division of NYU Steinhardt from partner community colleges.
Students Participate in Professionally-Oriented Internship Program: Preston Charles '13 and Janelle Gould-Steele '14 participated in the Learn as you Earn Advancement Program, which "places students who are in associate degree and certificate programs in paid internships that are relevant to their study so that they can build experience in their desired careers."
ASAP Soroptimist Scholar: Daneal Clarke-Lewis '13 was awarded a Women Opportunity Scholarship from Soroptimist International, a "worldwide service organization for women."
New York Needs You (NYNY) Fellowships Awarded to ASAP Students: Issaka Tiendrebeogo (BMCC '12) and Christopher Evans (BMCC '13) were recognized with NYNY fellowships, which provides career development and mentoring to its fellows to help them achieve academic and professional success.
ASAP Student Wins NYU Scholarship: Anival Gonzalez (BMCC '12) was awarded a scholarship by NYU's Community College Transfer Opportunity Program (CCTOP), "a scholarship and assistance program for students transferring from partnership community colleges into NYU Steinhardt."
BMCC ASAP Students Win Prestigious Fellowships and Scholarships: Annekie Allen ('13) won an award from the Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards Program, and Oluwabunmi (Bunmi) Alo won a scholarship from the BMCC Foundation. In addition to his CCTOP fellowship, Anival Gonzalez ('12) won a Hispanic Scholarship Fund award; Anival has also received scholarships from Telemundo, STOCS, and a Performance-Based Scholarship (PBS), and is also a NYNY fellow. Click here for more information >>
Spring / SUMMER 2011
BMCC ASAP Students Receive Soroptomist Awards: Elsa Garcia and Kathleen Daniel, both BMCC '11, received awards from Soroptomist, an international organization for business and professional women. Click here for more information >>
ASAP Student Receives BMCC Award: Elsa Garcia (BMCC '11) received the college's 2011 McGraw Hill Scholarship for excellence in accounting.
ASAP Students Receive CUNY Scholarship: Shirmira Wilson (BMCC '11) received a BMCC Foundation Scholarship.
ASAP Students Study Abroad: Anival Gonzalez (BMCC '12) participated in a study abroad program in Italy, and Mayra Guerrero (BMCC '11) participated in a study abroad program in Spain.
ASAP Students Make Dean's List: At Borough of Manhattan Community College, 9 ASAP students made the Dean's List.
Fall 2009 - Spring 2010
ASAP Student Wins Two Awards for Excellence: Anna K. Longo (BMCC '10) received BMCC's Louis Horowitz Award and the Josh Wolfson Accounting Scholarship.
ASAP Students Make Dean's List: At Borough of Manhattan Community College, 6 ASAP students made the Dean's List.
CUNY ASAP Student Chosen as New York Needs You (NYNY) Fellow: BMCC's Anival Jesus Gonzalez has been selected as part of the inaugural class of 50 New York Needs You (NYNY) Fellows. The NYNY Fellowship is a two-year program career development and leadership training program led by trained Mentor Coaches with regular opportunities to engage with business and community leaders. Fellows receive a stipend of $2,500. The 2010 NYNY fellows were selected from an applicant pool of 170 students from across CUNY, New York University, Barnard College, and Pace University. Click here for more information >>
BMCC ASAP Student Wins College Award: Jade Millan (BMCC '09) received the college's Louis Horowitz Award.