"I always knew
I wanted to become a
teacher, and CNR has a variety of teacher certification programs from
which to choose. I was also attracted to the College becauseof the
location. I could be away at school, and also close to home. I also
loved the small school environment of the College. I knew that at CNR I
would receive the individualized attention that would help me prepare
for my future. "
Class of 2009
Religious Studies and Psychology
School of Arts & Sciences
The College of New Rochelle
Allison, where are you from?
I’m from Yonkers, New York.
you are a student in the School of Arts and Sciences?
Yes, and I’m graduating in 2009.
did you decide to attend The College of New Rochelle?
I guess, thinking back, it was because I
always knew I wanted to become a teacher, and CNR has a variety of
teacher certification programs from which to choose. I was also
attracted to the College becauseof the location. I could be away at
school, and also close to home. I also loved the small school
environment of the College. I knew that at CNR I would receive the
individualized attention that would help me prepare for my
other colleges accepted you when you graduated from high school?
Since I was pretty sure I wanted to
attend CNR, I did not apply to many other schools. However, just in
case, I applied and was accepted to Manhattanville, Boston College, and
Fordham University, but still CNR was my first choice.
is your major?
I have two majors: Religious Studies and
Psychology. And, I am also in the elementary education teacher
What are some of the activities that you are involved with on campus?
Most of my extracurricular work is with
the wonderful Campus Ministry activities. I serve as an Eucharistic
Minister and as a Lector during the College liturgies. I have
participated in the Urban Plunge to Hale House that is organized by
Campus Ministry. I am also a volunteer at the after-school music
program for children called Songcatchers, which I learned about through
Campus Ministry. In addition, I work on campus as a tutor with Learning
us about some of your professors.
My favorite professors are those from the
disciplines I am studying: religious studies, psychology and education.
These professors all have great enthusiasm for their fields. And they
have encouraged me to explore these disciplines and to apply the
knowledge I have gained. My favorite classes are those that have
allowed me to relate the material to my own life. I love having the
ability to use what I am learning in college to better understand
myself, who I am and where I come from.
do you think makes CNR a special college?
For me, CNR is special because it has
made it possible for me to develop a close, mentoring relationship with
many of my professors. I love that all of my professors know my name,
and they stop and say hello to me on campus. My relationships with my
professors have given me the opportunity to excel in my studies. They
have encouraged me to go beyond completing the basic assignments in
order to develop a deeper understanding of the material. Since they are
all very approachable, I am comfortable about asking questions and
sharing my ideas. This opportunity has helped me as a student and also
made my life on campus so much more fun.
are you career plans, Allison?
After I graduate I’m going to earn my
master in education, possibly special education. And once I complete my
certification, I plan to teach at the elementary level in either
general education or special education in a public school in the
find out if CNR is the right choice
for you, please contact:
The College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Place
New Rochelle, NY 10805