"When I compared the tuition costs of graduate schools it was obvious that CNR had the lowest tuition and the best courses for what I wanted to study. "

Gabe Kazigo
School Psychology
Graduate School
The College of New Rochelle

Gabe, tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Somers, New York in northern Westchester with my parents and my younger brother. At home, I spend a lot of time with my brother, playing basketball or watching basketball games. Both of us love basketball.  I also work out two or three times a week at the local gym, trying to keep in shape. And when I can afford it, I travel. Traveling gives me new perspectives on my life, who I am, and what I want to be when I finish my schooling.

Where did you go to college?

I went to SUNY-Stony Brook on Long Island. It’s a great school, and I had a wonderful time as an undergraduate.

What brought you to The College of New Rochelle for Graduate School?

When I compared the tuition costs of graduate schools it was obvious that CNR had the lowest tuition and the best courses for what I wanted to study. Because of the low tuition, CNR has given me the opportunity to earn my graduate degree.

Where do you attend classes on campus?

All of my classes are on the main campus in New Rochelle.

What are studying?

My master’s degree will be in School Psychology.

Do you have any favorite teachers here at the College?

I have a lot of great teachers. I particularly like Dr. Marie Ribarich. Her sense of humor, combined with her mastery of the material, is priceless. Her classes are never dull. Dr. Ribarich has also become a friend and I rely on her for good advice. She is one of those professors who really cares about her students.

I also have been lucky to take classes from Dr. Joseph Schippa. His knowledge of the profession of school psychology is amazing. I’m hoping to be able to work as an intern under his supervision next semester. I have been very lucky when it comes to my professors here in the Graduate School.

What has surprised you the most about the Graduate School?

Well, one of the problems I had when I was an undergraduate at Stony Brook is that the professors were not always accessible. Stony Brook is a very big state university. Here at CNR all of the professors and administrators are available to talk to students. A friendly campus atmosphere is really important to me and makes going to college so much more enjoyable.

Do you have a job on campus, Gabe?

Yes, as a graduate assistant I work in the Enrollment Management Office. 

When do you expect to graduate?

In May of 2006.

What are your career plans?

I’m studying psychology because I want to have a positive role in the lives of children. With my masters, I know I can have a valuable career as a school psychologist.

To find out if  CNR is the right choice for you, please contact:

Graduate School

Office of the Dean
The College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Place
New Rochelle, NY 10805
email: gs@cnr.edu

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