La Guardia ASAP Students

La Guardia ASAP

La Guardia 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.



La Guardia ASAP Student Profiles and Interviews






"... after collecting MetroCards and books for three semesters with ASAP and this being my last semester, I look back and realize the everyday efforts of my 'college family' and I can’t thank them enough for all the hard work they have put in for me to complete my degree."

Yangchen Lhamo, La Guardia Community College ASAP '13

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"I decided to become an ASAP student for the knowledge and connections that can help me get where I would like to be."

Ciara Scott-Samuel, LaGuardia Community College ASAP '13

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"Without this ASAP program, I don’t think I would’ve made it this far … I decided to join the program because of the benefits that were going to be provided to me. The benefits helped me the most throughout this past year, and because of ASAP, I didn’t have to worry about anything that would interfere with my education … With ASAP’s support, I am able to continue my education and know I will accomplish my goals soon."

Nooria Danish, La Guardia Community College ASAP '13

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"ASAP has had a huge impact on my education. I have learned a lot through different activities. Leadership seminars have given me the opportunity to express myself in an open way...  Through career counseling, I have now a clear vision of my future. In addition, whenever I felt stressed or depressed, my advisor always supported me and, more importantly, provided me the solutions of my problems."

Hassaan Chaudhary, LaGuardia Community College ASAP '13

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La Guardia ASAP Student Accomplishments



ASAP Student Speaks at AAC&U Annual Meeting: Amalia Rojas traveled to Atlanta to participate in a pre-meeting symposium before the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Representing La Guardia, Amalia was part of a plenary student panel, "ePortfolio at the Student Voices, Student Wisdom: Improving Eportfolios by Listening to Users," that kicked off the symposium, "E-Portfolios:Foundational Knowledge, Student Voices, and Best Practices."

Creative Writing Award: ASAP student Jennifer Cancel (Summer '14) was selected as the winner of the LaGuardia Community College Creative Writing Contest.  She will be honored a tthe student literary forum, and her winning poem will be published in Literary LaGuardia.

NYNY Fellows: Juan Cifuentes '14 and Desiree Rivera '13 received New York Needs You (NYNY) Fellowships.

PTK Conferences: ASAP Leadership Program team member and NYNY Fellow Desiree Rivera '13 attended both the Phi Theta Kappa Regional Conference in March and the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in April.

White Castle Scholarship: ASAP Leadership Program team member Johnny Lozado (Summer '13) received a scholarship from the Ingram-White Castle Foundation.

ASAP Student Chosen as All-USA Academic Team Member: Jonathan Bach '13 was chosen to be part of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society's 2013 All-USA Community College Academic Team.  The program "annually recognizes 20 outstanding two-year college students" who receive scholarships and recognition in USA TODAY.

UNC Chapel Hill Scholarship: Anthony Salcedo '13 was awarded a full scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the fall.


FALL 2012

ASAP Student Receives National Scholarship: In October, Jonathan Bach (LaGuardia '14) was awarded a scholarship by the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise program, which "provide[s] new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in a two-year college in order to develop leadership potential through participation in Society programs."



ASAP Student Participates in Barnard Program: Jonathan Bach (LaGuardia '14) was chosen to participate in the Barnard Summer Science Program, an intensive five-week residential program at Barnard College that includes enrollment in two science classes, tutoring, counseling, and information sessions for highly motivated LaGuardia students interested in continuing their science education after earning their associate degree.



LaGuardia ASAP Student Wins Scholarship: In April, Jaime Alvarado (LaGuardia '12) was awarded a Provost's Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year.

LaGuardia ASAP Student's Work Showcased: An exceptional E-Portfolio created by Julius Teuku ('13) was chosen to be showcased at LaGuardia Community College.

ASAP Student Wins NYU Scholarship: Rafael Tejada (LaGuardia '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."


FALL 2011

ASAP Student Receives Scholarship: Patrich Watkins (LaGuardia '12) received an America Rising Scholarship Fund award.

LaGuardia ASAP Student Travels to Arizona for Conference: Rafael Tejada ('12), a delegate for the Honor Students Advisory Committee (HSAC) attended the annual National Collegiate Honors Council Conference (NCHC), which was held in Phoenix Arizona in October.  Click here for more information >>

ASAP Student Completes Internship: Yani Rivas (LaGuardia '12) was an intern at MetLife.


Spring / SUMMER 2011

LaGuardia Community College ASAP Student Participates in Urban Studies Symposium: Laura Hoffman ('12) participated in "Envisioning Newtown Creek: Past, Present & Future," an urban studies symposium organized by Professor Steve Lang.  Read Laura's blog entry about the experience >>


Fall 2010

ASAP Students Make Dean's List: At LaGuardia Community College, 44 ASAP students made the Dean's List. 


Fall 2009 - Spring 2010


LaGuardia ASAP Student Wins Top Prize in College-wide Essay Contest: Andrew Greene (liberal arts: deaf studies) won first place in the  "How LaGuardia Community College Changed My Life" Essay Contest. 

Three LaGuardia ASAP Students Received Top Honors in the College-wide "Green Identity" Speech Contest: Suchuntra Kawpunna (1st place), Claude Solomon (2nd place), and Laura Hofmann (finalist). Students presented speeches on the theme of  "The Green Identify," which asked student speakers to address sustainability as a vital and viable identity for 21st century careers and jobs. This year's contest theme was proposed by  LaGuardia ASAP Director Dr. Bernard Polnariev and was selected by Communications Studies faculty from college-wide submissions.  Winners will each receive a cash prize and award and have been invited to present at the CUNY-wide 2010 CUNY League of Active Speech Professors (CLASP) speech  contest. Click here for more information >>