Naomi Benn

Benn CU

Kingsborough Community College ASAP '13


What is the ASAP student community like?

It’s very inspirational to know that people will help you when you least expect it. For the most part the ASAP community is a very supportive system that provides the students a chance to get to know their advisors, and it also provides good tutoring.


What, in your opinion, makes ASAP unique?

I would say the way ASAP is structured makes it unique. It is essential that ASAP students know who their classmates are because it eases tension, and it alleviates the anxiety that one might feel.


What impact has ASAP had on your education?

ASAP has had a huge impact on my education, especially the advisement. Many of my non-ASAP peers have taken half a semester off or will not graduate on time in part because of the lack of advisement they were given. My education has been impacted by ASAP’s academic support, along with ASAP’s extra resources.


Benn WSWhat is one of the most memorable moments you’ve had as an ASAP student?

The most memorable moment I’ve had as an ASAP student was during summer 2012 at the freshman seminar. It was fun, vibrant, refreshing, new and welcoming. I felt welcomed and ready to take part in college life. They gave us good wisdom and accomplished their goal of taking the students out of their comfort zones. We interacted with each other, got into groups and danced, sang, played games and got to know each other.


Why did you join ASAP?

Honestly, at first it was about the MetroCards and books, but as time progressed the help and other benefits that were being provided outweighed that. Through the program I learned that ASAP isn’t only about the MetroCards, it’s about getting your future together and being able to get there in a timely fashion. In ASAP there’s a huge amount of opportunities reaching out to us instead of us having to reach out to them.


What were your first impressions of ASAP, and have they changed over time?

My first impression of ASAP was “OMG, this is going to be very helpful"—and my mindset hasn’t changed yet about the program.


What are your future plans?

My future plan is to graduate from Kingsborough Community College with my associates in journalism and finish my education at Brooklyn College. Later I want to become an English teacher while writing a blog or book on the side. Life is like a GPS: it consistently reroutes.  But I know that if I stay focused, ambitious, and hardworking, and take with me what I learned from ASAP, I will do great.



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