La Guardia Community College ASAP '13
What is the ASAP community like?
Students from community colleges, apart from studying, have many things going on in their lives and it’s hard to juggle all of their roles. At times, the stress almost kills us. But the mentors and ASAP faculty encourage and help us in every way possible. We work together as a team and try to find a solution for our academic problems. They root for our success and always remind us of our goals, both short term and long term. Usually, in our daily lives we sit at the dinner table and discuss our days with our family. ASAP gives me a similar feeling. We can call it the “college family.” As a college family, we meet with our advisors two times a month and discuss our academic goals. They guide us like our parents do; they talk through our problems with us and help us find a solution, or a means to achieve a solution. They also help us think about our long-term goals and prepare us to navigate through life.
What impact has ASAP had on your education?
Again, as mentioned earlier, the ASAP student community works as a team. And when I join a team that is rooting for my success, I don’t want to let them down. In addition to the financial help, ASAP also has provided tutors for individual help. The appraisal that we get from the team motivates us to study a little bit more. The tutors are always available and ready to help us with our education, even if it is beyond their working hours. The advisers help us deal with all the stress and frustration of our classes. Our career coach has helped me a lot in having a clear vision of my future. I am so grateful to the whole team that supported me.
What is one of the most memorable moments you’ve had as an ASAP student?
My most memorable moments have been the advisement sessions I’ve had with my advisor, Steve Dauz. They are memorable because as a student trying to juggle different things at the same time, the first person to hear all my education-related complaints has been Steve. As an advisor, he has helped me a lot in the process of discovering my likes and dislikes and what I am really passionate about. I remember having an educational breakdown, exhausted from having too much on my plate and his simple advice really helped me. There are also countless numbers of times where I've had a career dilemma and he had really simple and digestible solutions that eventually helped me come to decisions.
Why did you join ASAP?
Honestly, at first “free MetroCards and free books” were what attracted me to ASAP, and I think this would be true for most of my classmates, too. But later it was not the financial help that ASAP provided us with, but the leadership seminars that helped me by letting me gain confidence. Now, 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.
What are your future plans?
My plan is to complete my bachelor’s degree in accounting. After that I am planning to get my CPA license. I also envision myself being a travelling accountant for a short time. I love numbers and feel like accountants have a talent at understanding the detail of the numbers. In the long term, I see myself owning my own business and finding new and different ways of exploring accounting as a subject.