Hostos ASAP Students




Hostos ASAP

Hostos 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.



Hostos ASAP Student Profiles and Interviews





"ASAP has pointed me in the right direction since the day I started the program, and because of them teaching me how to network I was able to get an internship at NASA’s Marshal Space Flight Center. ASAP has made me become a better student by encouraging me to do eight hours of tutoring monthly, which helped me out a great deal academically. I have advised everyone I know to join ASAP because it is really an extraordinary program where they teach you things that are hard to learn on your own. ASAP has taught me my true potential and I hope everyone has a chance to experience the same."

Natalie Suriel, Hostos Community College ASAP '14

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"My first impression of ASAP, was that it was a kind program that expected results and achievement.  In the beginning, I thought it was very demanding on time because of the advisement appointments, the Summer Institute and the ASAP Seminar, but then I realized that the program offered all the necessary tools to complete my degree. I have benefited from the resources the program has to offer students and how much each ASAP staff member is interested and devoted to the success of the students."

Maskana Adedjouman, Hostos Community College ASAP '14

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"Becoming an ASAP student is one of the best things that has happened in my life. Given my financial situation, receiving a monthly MetroCards and the free use of the textbooks are benefits I could not do without.  College is expensive and without the support from this program I could not be completing my courses without financial worries... As I move further in my educational plan I realize what a great opportunity I have been given by the ASAP program.  Call me selfish if you want, but I plan to take advantage of the ASAP program to the fullest!"

Terry Echie, Hostos Community College ASAP '14

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"I am currently unsure of the career I would like to pursue, but I know that, with the support of ASAP, [my ASAP advisor] Lauren, and my family, I will succeed and will eventually find myself on the road I am meant to be on."

Jody Perez, Hostos Community College ASAP '15

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"What makes ASAP unique is its response to and concern for students going through issues outside of school and the understanding of the entire ASAP staff."

Rondell Charles, Hostos Community College ASAP '13

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"Without any doubt, I really appreciate what ASAP has done for me, from monthly Metro cards to the face-to-face advisement that we receive. Besides, the ASAP program has also allowed me to strengthen my social skills ... I have found extraordinary friends thanks to the ASAP classes and the tutoring time that we have shared, where, at the same time, I have obtained the necessary help to successfully deal with my classes."

Gretcher Hernandez, Hostos Community College ASAP '12

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"Becoming an ASAP student is one of the best things that happened to me. What I like most about ASAP is the high standards they set for students, which motivates me to strive harder and become an achiever... I know that with ASAP’s excellent, high-class academic and career advisement, the future is bright."

Enoch Sowah, Hostos Community College ASAP '12

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Manuel Mercedes



"I remember that as I was sitting in the first orientation meeting I thought, 'Wow, this is too much. Will I be able to accomplish all they are asking of me?' Right now, I reflect on that and I am able to say that I was more than capable and that joining ASAP was the best choice I ever made."

Manuel Mercedes, Hostos Community College ASAP '12

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O Parker


"A little push in the right direction motivates me to achieve excellence.  I am living proof that 'Yes I Can,' and yes, I have excelled this past semester by achieving a 4.0 GPA.  This was a goal that I was dedicated to achieve and the encouragement I received from ASAP empowered me to achieve my goal.  Not only did ASAP express that it believed in me, but I believed in myself.  I am very grateful for all the inspiration and assistance I received from ASAP."

Octrisha Parker, Hostos Community College ASAP '12

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Hostos ASAP Student Accomplishments


Spring 2013

Hostos ASAP Students Win Awards: Jhanna Nolasco '13 received the Business & Accounting Program Bronze Medal Scholastic Achievement Award; Jemair Jewis '13 received the First Place Award in Women's & Gender Studies and  CCTOP Scholarship Scholastic Achievement Award; Juan Escobar '13 received the Excellence in Theater Award; Emerlin Ortega '13 received the Language and Cognition Departmental Award; Arkady Grunin '14 received the Excellence in Writing and Art Contribution Award, as did Stephanie Pimentel '13; Jhonatan Bocio de Leon received a 2013 Scholastic Achievement Award, was part of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Program, received a Bronze Medal Award in Mathematics, and was a featured student at the Hostos 45th Anniversary Gala; Dario Peralta '14 received the Carlos & Eddie Gonzalez Community Service Merit Award and the Vice Chancellor's Excellence in Leadership Award; Denis Robert Matos '13 received a Scholastic Achivement Award and was part of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Program; Clinton LAngston was part of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

ASAP Students' Busy Years: Maskana Adedjouman '14 participated in the Somos el Futuro Conference, and was part of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Program and Hostos Leadership Academy. Along with Emerlin Ortega '13 and Dario Peralta' 14, Adedjouman also participated in Model UN.  Additionally, Adedjouman and Ortega were part of the International Laureate Delegation with China.  Juan Escobar '13 was the Honor Code Representative at the National Conference on Ethics in America at West Point; Natalie Suriel participated in the 2013 Internship Program at NASA.

Students Receive Scholarships: Aixa Berdecia received an Ernesto Malave Scholarship; Jessica Molina '14 received a New York Needs You (NYNY) Fellowship, and an Ernesto Malave Scholarship.  Mor Boye '14 and Maskana Adedjouman '14 were also selected as NYNY Fellows.  Adedjouman also received a Donald and Mary Ellen Passantino Scholarship.

Vice-President Elect: Judy Benitez was elected Student Government Vice President.


FALL 2012

Hostos Class of 2013 Achieves: Johnatan Bocio de Leon '13 made the Dean's List, was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, and was a C-Step member; Jhanna Nolasco '13 made the Dean's list, was President of the Italian Club, and participated in the Model UN; Denis Robert Matos '13 made the Dean's List, was Vice Presidet of the Hostos Honors Club, and participated in the English Department Poetry Contest; Joyce Ramos '13 was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa.

ASAP Student's Artistic Engagement: In the fall Rondell Charles (winter '12) participated in the BronxBerlinConnection, "a year-round cross-cultural exchange program that uses the mediums of spoken word and music—particularly, rap and hip hop—to explore and express the unique experiences of urban youth around the world, the critical challenges they face and the solutions necessary to enact change in their communities."  Over the summer he participated in The Wassaic Project, an annual summer festival that seeks to "creat[e] a weekend-long opportunity for artists and performers fo all mediums to come together, exchange ideas, learn new things, and engage in a thriving community."

ASAP Student Finalist in Entrepreneurial Competition: Shpresim Haxhaj '13 was a third round finalist in the Entrepreneurial Concept Competition (ECC), a CUNY-wide annual competition that aims "to encourage students to develop their entrepreneurial ideas, enhance understanding of requirements for a successful business venture, and showcase the creativity of students."



Hostos ASAP Student Earns Awards, Participates in Summer Legal Program, and Studies in Cuba: In the Spring Avery Toledo ('12) earned a Faster than ASAP Award for completing his degree in less than two years; earned a Social Services Unit Gold Medal, an award for honor students in the social sciences; and an Ernesto Malave National Puerto Rican Day Parade scholarship.  Avery was chosen to participate in the Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies, a  summer program that prepares students for successful legal careers and is run by the prestigious law firm Skadden, Arps in partnership with City College.  Avery is also participating in Hostos Study Abroad's two-week program in Cuba, which offers students an introduction to Cuban history and culture--and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa.

Hostos ASAP Student Travels to Scotland: Juan Escobar (Fall '12) attended the Edinburgh Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland as part of the Study Abroad Program.



ASAP Student Named Kaplan Scholar: Adonis Billy (Hostos '13) was awarded a highly competitive scholarship from the Kaplan Educational Foundation.  The scholarship provides comprehensive financial and academic support to its scholars throughout their undergraduate degrees.


FALL 2011

Hostos ASAP Student's Busy Semester: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member Amabell Rodriguez '12 participated in the Carnegie Hall Cultural Exchange, was awarded a Botanical Garden Research Fellowship, and participated in the Emerging Leaders Conference at Harvard University; her photography was also featured at a Hostos exhibition in November.

ASAP Students Become Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Members: Hostos' Octrisha Parker '12, Pearl Doghor, '12, Avery Toledo '12, Emerlin Ortega '13, and Jemair Lewis '13 became members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

ASAP Students Complete Internships: Andre Morgan (Hostos fall '11) began an internship at the CUNY Institute for Health Equity; Yani Rivas (LaGuardia '12) was an intern at MetLife.


Spring / SUMMER 2011

ASAP Student Completes Internship: Michaelangelo Moulton Jr. (Hostos '11) completed a digital design internship.

Hostos ASAP Students Win Awards: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member and Model UN participant Gretcher Hernandez ('12) was awarded an El Desfile Dominicano del Bronx scholarship.  Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member and Hostos salutatorian Juliana Matos (summer '11) won a Scholastic Achievement Award and an English Speaking Union (ESU) award.  Rondell Charles ('12) received a William T. Morris Foundation scholarship, and Ouma Sanoussi (summer '11) received a Carlos & Edward Gonzalez Award.  Model UN participant Manuel Mercedes ('12) received a CUNY Bronx Scholarship Fund award.  Katherine Feliz (summer '11) and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member Sinai Cuahutenco both received Scholastic Achievement Awards, and Sinai also received an English Department gold medal.  Nicole Campudoni ('11) received an Ernesto Malave Scholarship, awarded by the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Committee.

ASAP Student Chosen as New York Needs You (NYNY) Fellow: Andre Morgan (Hostos fall '11) was awarded with a highly competitive fellowship from NYNY, which aims to "prepare ... first-generation college students to realize their college and career potential."  Fellows are paired with mentors to guide them through their two-year fellowship.  Click here for more information >>

ASAP Student Attends Albany Conference: Hostos ASAP student Enoch Sowah '12 attended the Somos El Futuro Conference in April.  The organization seeks to increase Puerto Rican / Hispanic participation in public policy.

ASAP Students Study Abroad: Hostos students Manuel Mercedes ('12), Model UN participant Shpresim Haxhaj ('12), Wen Feng Wu (fall '11), Amabell Rodriguez ('12), Mayra Marte ('12), Judy Benitez (’12), and Wilson Gell ('12) all received summer 2011 study abroad awards to study in the Dominican Republic.

Hostos ASAP Student Chosen as Kaplan Scholar: Phi Theta Kappa member and Model UN participant Enoch Sowah was chosen to be part of The Kaplan Leadership Program, which provides benefits including scholarships, mentoring, advisement, and cultural enrichment opportunities.


Fall 2010

Hostos ASAP Students Receive Scholarships: Yasmith Maturana '11, Margaret Bantamoi '11, and Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society member Ouma Sanoussi '11 received Hostos Student Government Scholarships.

Hostos Students Complete Internship: Michaelangelo Moulton Jr. '11 and Shpresim Haxhaj '12 completed internships at BronxWorks, an organization that aims to "help individuals and families improve their economic and social well-being."



Spring 2009

Hostos ASAP student awarded scholarship to attend Columbia University: Jessica Rivera '09 was granted a full scholarship to begin attending Columbia University through its Global Scholars Program; she will begin at Columbia in fall, 2009.  Click here for more information >>