Johan De La Cruz
Bronx Community College ASAP January '14
What is the ASAP student community like?
The ASAP community is like a second family away from home. The amount of moral support and opportunities provided within the ASAP community are countless! There is a great amount of confidence, optimism, and enthusiasm shown within the ASAP program that helps one feel a sense of belonging and a step closer to one’s ultimate goals.
What impact has ASAP had on your education?
ASAP has had so many beneficial impacts on me that it is difficult for me to narrow it down to only one. One crucial benefit that comes with being an ASAP student is having so much support. During my first semester of college some colleagues and I were having difficulties in math. We as a class stood together and created study groups. The ASAP program provided us with a tutor who ensured we understood the subject thoroughly. We also met up with our advisor who gave us tips on how to study more efficiently. We all struggled together and most importantly all of us passed together. Being a part of ASAP is more than just being a college student. It teaches one how to become involved and how to work together as a team. We are all humans and sometimes we need some support in order to succeed. ASAP has made it easier for me by offering people who can guide and help me succeed on personal and academic levels.
Why did you join ASAP?
I joined ASAP because of the many perks that come along with being part of the ASAP program. Being part of the ASAP program has allowed me to receive exceptional academic guidance and counseling, along with blocked courses that have allowed me to build a relationship with my peers, who have also helped me along my academic journey.
What were your first impressions of ASAP, and have they changed over time?
When I initially received an invitation to the ASAP program I completely disregarded it. I had no intention of even taking the program into consideration. A couple of weeks after that a colleague I met in a summer workshop dragged me to an ASAP info session where my perspective completely changed. I then became aware of all the delightful benefits that come along with being part of the ASAP program. I have grown to love ASAP so much that I devote my extra time to give back to the program that has made it possible for me to excel as a student.
What are your future plans?
At the moment my main concern is to finish my last semester at Bronx Community College. Once I successfully graduate I am interested in pursuing a bachelors degree in psychology at Hunter College. After I attain my bachelors I want to enter the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in School-Clinical Child Psychology program at Pace University. I have a lot of school left ahead of me but thanks to the ASAP program I am determined and I carry the necessary tools that will lead me to my triumph.