Queensborough Community College ASAP '13
What is the ASAP student community like?
The ASAP student community is like an extension of high school. College is a whole new environment for students, and in NYC, this can also mean coming from another country, speaking English as a second language, and feeling more than the usual alienation of attending a new school. With being broken down into cohorts, and grouped into smaller class sizes with familiar faces for the first few semesters, ASAP helps lessen this anxiety and allows students to focus on what’s really important. Students within the ASAP leadership program also run events throughout the semester for ASAP students to connect and make friends.
What, in your opinion, makes ASAP unique?
ASAP is unique because it gives you the sensation of attending a private school where one receives smaller class sizes and more personalized attention from professors within a larger campus.
What impact has ASAP had on your education?
It has helped me afford college, as I support myself and have to juggle school, work, and running a household full-time. The guidance of my manager has put me at ease, because finding answers through the various labyrinthine offices of CUNY can be a daunting task. Having a direct contact to help us motivates students to be conscious and more involved with their academic planning and future career goals. We seek the help and tools because if we can’t find them on our own, most likely our managers can point us in the right direction.
What were your first impressions of ASAP, and have they changed over time?
At first I didn’t know what to expect from ASAP. All I knew was that they aided students with their financial needs and put them into cohorts. Over the semesters I began to be more appreciative of the intimacy the class sizes provided; the support from the ASAP team feels like a small family tracking our progress to make sure we keep on course.
What are your future plans?
My future plans are to graduate with an associate’s degree in museum studies in the Spring of 2013, and then transfer to a four-year college where I’ll continue to a BA in art history. At this point I’ll either consider going for a graduate degree in art history, in order to teach at the college level, or one in museum science to pursue a career in museum administration, possibly as a curator.