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"I decided to come to CNR when I realized that of all the schools I had visited, CNR offered me what I wanted most of all, a college that would be small, quiet, and safe. "

Blanca Pacca
Class of 2008
Biology Major
School of Arts & Sciences
The College of New Rochelle


Where are you from, Blanca?

My family and I live in Norwalk, Connecticut. However, we come from Ecuador, a small and beautiful country in South America.


How did you hear about CNR?

I heard about The College of New Rochelle from my high school counselor. She put me in contact with Eileen Harrington, a CNR alumna. Since my parents were not able to help me because they do not know how the college process works, Mrs. Harrington became like a parent to me and helped me get into college. She was able to bring me to visit the campus (which I like very much) for overnight visits, for interviews, and much, much more. Because of Mrs. Harrington, I became aware of the Student Faculty Research Program that I applied to, and now I am part of that special program for undergraduates.

 
What other colleges did you consider and why did you pick CNR?

I applied to the University of Connecticut, Manhattanville College, Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University, and The College of New Rochelle. All of the colleges accepted me, and all of them offered me financial aid packages, so it was hard to select the college I wanted to attend. I decided to come to CNR when I realized that of all the schools I had visited, CNR offered me what I wanted most of all, a college that would be small, quiet, and safe.  

Although my parents did not like the idea of me leaving home, they were happy to know that I was going to attend a Catholic women’s college. They wanted to make sure that I would be concentrating on my studies and not partying all the time.  


What is your major, Blanca?

I am majoring in biology. I think my minors will be chemistry and business.

...I love the city. I try to go to Manhattan as much as possible. The city is not far from campus and I just hop on a bus to get downtown. I usually go to the city with my roommate or with a few friends. I also go to Glen Island Park, which is within walking distance of the College. Glen Island Park is one of the most beautiful places to visit, and I go there just to relax and reflect.




Tell us about some of your favorite professors.   

I have many great professors here at the College, and having them has made my first two years a real joy. Dr. Lynn Petrullo, Professor of Biology, is one of my favorite professors. She was my professor for General Biology II during my freshman year, and she is my mentor in the Research Program. Dr. Harasym is another one of my favorite professors. I took a microbiology class for Dr. Melanie Harasym, Associate Professor of Biology, last semester and that, too, was great fun. Dr. Harasym has a way of making her class very interesting and when it was over, I knew I had learned a lot.   


Do you belong to any clubs on campus?

I am a member of the L.A.W.S. club, S.A.M.S. club, CNR Drama, and recently I was selected for the Honors Program, which I think is a great honor. I am also involved on campus as a Peer Minister.


Do you go into New York City often?

Yes, I love the city. I try to go to Manhattan as much as possible. The city is not far from campus and I just hop on a bus to get downtown. I usually go to the city with my roommate or with a few friends. I also go to Glen Island Park, which is within walking distance of the College. Glen Island Park is one of the most beautiful places to visit, and I go there just to relax and reflect. It is a great place to visit, especially if you are a nature lover, as I am. 


Did you have a job while you were a student?

I have two on-campus jobs. I work in the Communications/Publications Department and in the Biology Lab. During the winter and summer breaks from college, I also work in the library in my hometown, and I have two other small part-time jobs.


Blanca, what are your career plans after you leave The College
of New Rochelle?

I hope to go to graduate school in the natural sciences and someday I plan on teaching at the college level, maybe here at CNR! Wouldn’t that be wonderful?



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

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Office of Admission
The College of New Rochelle
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New Rochelle, NY 10805
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