S T U D E N T  P R O F I L E

“At CNR, I feel a genuine sense of community, of a college community, and it's both felt and observed on different levels. Everywhere I go I see close-knit groups of people who, even though they either have been here forever or they seem like they have been here forever, never make me feel excluded.”

Tiffany Mann SAS’10
Major: Biology
Hometown: Bronx, NY
High School: St. Michael Academy

Where did you go to high school?
I went to High School at St. Michael Academy. It was an all-girls Catholic school similar to The College of New Rochelle. What I remember most about St. Michael’s is being able to take the train downtown to school, for a girl like me--who's household was very strict--it was real freedom. And by the time I reached senior year, and I was accepted into CNR, I said "I'm going to live in Westchester!"  

Are you from New York City?

I was born and raised in the Bronx, with two older brothers, and parents who have careers in law enforcement. However, I spent a lot of time in Westchester, Yonkers, White Plains, and, of course, New Rochelle. My father grew up in New Rochelle, so we spent a lot of time here. It’s sort of like my second home.

Why did you come to CNR?

I've always knew about CNR because both my mother and father graduated from the School of New Resources. My mother recently finished the Graduate School, too. I was initially interested in studying nursing and my mother told me how CNR had a great nursing program. Although I wasn't completely sure what I wanted to do in life, I put in the application and was accepted. I had no idea how great a school The College of New Rochelle really was until I came here as a student.

What are you studying at the College?

I started out majoring in nursing, and in nursing you have to take prerequisites. Amongst those prerequisites were biology courses. Biology captured my interest so I changed my major to biology with a minor in chemistry. Being a biologist is simply what I enjoy doing. 

Tell us about your basketball career.

Well, basketball has always been in my life. Everyone in my family loves basketball! I started playing when I was 11. My brothers played and they let me play with them, so I  developed my skills early. Because of basketball, I earned a partial scholarship to St. Michael Academy. I played on the same team with now WNBA player Kia Vaughn, and I played against now WNBA players Shannon Bobbitt and Nikki Anosoki. I loved playing high school basketball! It was so competitive. Although I didn't go to a division one college, I still accomplished a lot by playing the sport and here at CNR I was still able to play NCAA basketball.
     The College of New Rochelle allowed me to gain an education while playing the sport I love. It really makes me feel good when I see the girls I played with in high school make it, as well as see the girls on CNR’s Blue Angels put their best effort out on the court every game. St. Michael’s showed me what hard work is all about, but The College of New Rochelle showed me what dedication and courage are all about.   

What do you like best about CNR?
What I like best about CNR is its devotion to its students. You hear all these horror stories about college in high school, how professors don't care if you fail or pass and that "they lecture, you listen." Although that may be true for some colleges, it isn’t true for The College of New Rochelle. There is something very personal between students and faculty at this College, something most schools don't have. Professors here lecture as well as listen. They strive for excellence in themselves and in their students. One of the professors that comes to mind is Dr. Lynn Petrullo. She stays in her office from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. answering our questions, helping us with labs, grading lab reports, and she never complains. Some may say our professors are like this because we are a small college. This may be true, but what they can’t deny is that when a student from The College of New Rochelle graduates, they really are prepared with wisdom for life.

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