“I have always wanted
to work in international affairs and CNR was the best option to provide
a foundation for my future.”
Hign School: Saunders
& Technical High School
Yonkers, New York
Dianne, where are you from, what high school did you attend?
from Yonkers and I attended Saunders Trade and Technical High School,
majored in Architecture.
why did you select The College of New Rochelle as your college?
decided to go to the CNR because it offered a bachelors in arts,
with a major in International Studies. I also chose CNR because I was
looking to commute from Yonkers. CNR also provided me a great incentive
by granting me a Scholarship Award.
other colleges did you consider?
accepted to CUNY, SUNY colleges, and Iona College, however,
most of those schools did not have International Studies as a major. I
have always wanted to work in international affairs and CNR was the
best option to provide a foundation for my future.
do you like best about CNR?
like best about CNR are all the different classes I have been
able to take as an undergraduate. I took a class, for example, in
Buddhism which gave me the opportunity to learn of another religion and
other practices of spiritual fulfillment. I took Women, Gender and
Power, and this class gave me any understanding of the perspective of
women's status in different regions of the world. My Macroeconomics
class gave me a better understanding of the world economy and free
market. Last year I took a special class, Campaign 2008. This was an
Honors course focusing on the presidential election. It was fabulous to
have such a class while the campaign was in process.
enrolled in Ethics of Modern World where I studied the
philosophies of Plato and Aristotle, and how to apply those ethics in
the world today.
Survey of American Literature class inspired me to read—and
write!—poetry. And then I took this wonderful fitness class, Belly
Dancing! That fitness class really empowered me because it is a dance
that stimulates female strength, spirit, and aura.
are some of your favorite professors?
Wow! It’s very difficult to say who my favorite
professors are because I have had so many in so many different classes.
It is truly difficult to pick!...I think I’ll plead the fifth.
What do you like best about CNR?
a college that empowers women to succeed. CNR inspires us to
fight for equality. Women for centuries, and in many nations, have been
denied the right to an education and as a young woman I value my
education. I believe knowledge will empower me.
you will be presenting a paper at
the National Collegiate Honors Council’s 2009 Conference in Washington,
D.C. this fall. What is the topic of your paper?
It is a
case study that focuses on international response and
reaction to Hurricane Katrina. It examines the initial sentiment and
reactions of most countries around the world, including Venezuela,
Israel, South Africa, and others. The study further examines the
gradual change of outlook in the days that followed due to the U.S.
government’s ineffectiveness in providing aid and relief for the
victims of New Orleans. The research analyzed two different points of
time, the week of Hurricane Katrina and the week that follows into the
first week of September. The two different points of time served to
compare and contrast the change of outlook by foreign nations to how
our government was handling this natural disaster.
What are you plans after you graduate?
graduate, I plan on joining the Peace Corps and I hope to use
my language skills in Portuguese. After my Peace Corps tour, I will
return to college and earn a master’s in international political
you plan on teaching?
No, someday I hope to become an Ambassador and represent
my country overseas.
find out if CNR is the right choice
for you, please contact:
The College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Place
New Rochelle, NY 10805