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"When I first came to CNR I was aware of the accelerated program for adult learners, but really wasn’t aware of the many benefits and incentives that the School of New Resources could provide. The challenging curriculum of SNR has given me a solid liberal arts education that included a map to guide me through my journey of self-awareness."

Delilah Martinez
School of New Resources
John Cardinal O’Connor Campus
The College of New Rochelle


Where are you from, Delilah?

I was born to Puerto Rican parents and raised in the Soundview section of the Bronx, New York. I lived in Bronxdale Projects and attended Blessed Sacrament School and St. Catharine Academy.



Tell us something about your family? 

My parents both emigrated from Puerto Rico in the mid 1950’s in order to seek further opportunity. My mother Margarita is a diligent homemaker, the epitome of feminine strength, discipline and courage. My father, Angel, was a button dye factory owner in the garment district for many years. His strong work ethic and sense of humor remain his greatest attributes. My older sister Aida is a mother, wife and physical therapist. She has been a great source of comfort, wisdom and support to me and I cherish our relationship. But my true inspiration is my 7-year-old son Elijah, who reminds me of how blessed I am whenever he tells me that he loves me.



Why did you decide to go to college?

I began college immediately after high school, but I was unsure of what to declare as a major based on my lack of experience and awareness of how to apply my interests to a career plan.

I then embarked on a personal journey, evolved and discovered the purpose of my life. Throughout this period I had many unsatisfactory situations and jobs that challenged my role as a single mother. This realization made me evaluate myself in the work world and in my personal life. Eventually, I grew motivated to continue my education as I realized the key to success in the work world and in one’s own life is a college education.



Why did you decide then to attend The College of New Rochelle?

When I first came to CNR I knew about the accelerated program for adult learners but really wasn’t aware of the many benefits and incentives that the School of New Resources could provide. The challenging curriculum of SNR has given me a solid liberal arts education that included a map that guided me through my journey of self-awareness. For example, the college’s opportunity to suggest and develop courses, participate in curriculum plan and design, all of that contributes to my continuing my education. Plus, the convenient class schedule makes it possible for me to attend at times that are convenient to me. The College of New Rochelle has absolutely provided me a strong foundation, and one that I can build on as I continue my studies. 



What is the most challenging part about being a student today?

I would say that the most challenging aspect is time management. As adults we are all busy with family and work and other responsibilities and it forces us to prioritize and choose, and delay instant gratification.



When do you attend classes?

I attend classes on the John Cardinal O’Connor Campus. I’m a day student and am on campus twice a week, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is wonderful for me as I am able to drop my child off and pick him up at the school bus. This schedule also fits well with my duties at the W.I.S.E. Youth Mentoring Program, a program I founded and direct.


Do you have any favorite teachers?

When I first came to the School of New Resources I met a wonderful soft-spoken and inspirational instructor, Cheryl Lyons. She had a kind and compassionate approach to teaching, and she praised my work in a way that created a feeling of understanding and acceptance of me. She was open to all her students and shared herself with us. Now, within a semester of graduation, I am taking a class from a man I hugely admire and respect, Dr. Louis DeSalle. He has an exceptional style of teaching, rich and thought provoking, and I look forward every week to being challenged by the man’s direct and intuitive questions.   

Dr. DeSalle also has recognized my spirit and my abilities as a student and has recommended me to continue my studies at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education.

I should also mention Professor Orlando Mc Allister. He has mentored and advised me throughout my college career at JOC. I would thank him for always being so supportive and genuinely interested in me and my progress as a student. 



When do you expect to graduate?

I will graduate in May 2005. And next fall, I will begin my studies for a masters degree at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education in the Bilingual School Guidance Counseling Program. I will also continue to develop W.I.S.E. Youth Mentoring Program. And I plan on publishing my first novel entitled Spic and Span. It is going to be a busy year!

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


School of New Resources
Office of the Dean
The College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805
914-654-5334
email: snr@cnr.edu



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