had several friends who graduated from School of New Resources and
the Graduate School. They all spoke highly of their experiences
they, too, were able to improve themselves in their careers."
The College of New Rochelle
Tell us something
about your family?
I am blessed to be married to the greatest guy in the world (Ray) for
nearly two decades. We are the very proud parents of three fabulous
children - two sons - Brian, 17 year-old senior at New Rochelle High
School, Marcus, 14 year-old freshman at New Rochelle High School and my
highly-motivated daughter, Kenya, who completed CNR's graduate program
and is in her third year of teaching at a Bronx elementary
did you decide to go to college?
It was always my intention but finances (early in life) and family
obligations (later in life) forced me to put that dream on hold. In the
interim I attended Katherine Gibbs Business School and with a degree
from there I worked as an executive assistant for many
Why did you decide to
attend The College of New Rochelle?
My dear friend Jess (I sometimes refer to her as my human angel), a
former financial aid counselor at CNR, knew I wanted to go to college
and she convinced me to enroll in the School of New Resources program.
My family and friends, especially my husband, were very supportive.
After graduating with my BA, I felt an amazing sense of accomplishment
That energy was transferred into a promotion on the job from an
executive assistant to a grant/health research analyst and the editor
of the company newsletter. I was so enthused by the experience and
guided by the encouragement of professors, counselors and other adult
learners, I enrolled in the graduate program. Additionally, I had
several friends who graduated from School of New Resources and the
Graduate School. They all spoke highly of their experiences and
they, too, were able to improve themselves in their careers.
Also, I live in New Rochelle, and that makes it easy for me to attend
classes in the evening.
What is the most
challenging part about being a student today?
Oh, I guess the hardest part is finding balance in my life. Most of the
graduate students have both jobs and families, and that, naturally,
takes up a lot of time. But getting a graduate degree is very important
to me and it requires a great deal of dedication, effort, sacrifice and
most importantly, time management.
Where do you attend
I attend evening classes on the New Rochelle campus.
Do you have any favorite
One professor who has been very helpful is Stacy Raptis. She has such a
warm and inviting spirit. She taught several communications classes at
SNR's New Rochelle campus. Another wonderful professor for me was
Kristine D’Onofrio Southard, also at SNR's New Rochelle campus. She
accepted nothing less than one’s best effort. Some students find that
difficult, but I think it is important to be challenged. I know it
forced me to really delve deeply and helped me pull out of the course
material some amazing things. Now in graduate school, Teri Gamble
continues to impress me with her cool demeanor and incredible knowledge
base which she willingly shares with her students.
What has surprised you the
most about the Graduate School?
I had reservations about whether or not this graduate program in
Communications Studies would suit my needs. However, the program
is set up in a way that accommodates the varied needs of all
students. Also, the mix of ages and life experiences truly
broadens the scope of learning.
When do you expect to
In the Spring of 2006.
What are your career plans?
I love to write. I want to obtain a writing position in the
communications department of an organization, and also work as a free
lance writer. I have a dear friend who believes that someday I will be
writing for the President of the United States. I no longer
believe that that is such a far fetched idea. After all, no one
rises to low expectations. I say, reach for the stars and see what star
you can catch.
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