CNR, you are the one in control of your college experience. You can
create opportunities for yourself, as well as be exposed to the variety
of personalities this college has to offer. If you are willing to put
in the time and hard work, you will make a difference! CNR has already
made a major difference in my life."
Class of 2005
International Studies/Communication Arts Major
School of Arts & Sciences
The College of New Rochelle
Where are you from,
I was born in Beijing, China. I was three years old
when my family immigrated to the United States and we lived in Boston,
Massachusetts for a few years before settling in New York City.
did you hear about CNR?
I remember receiving a brochure and pamphlet in the
mail about The College of New Rochelle during my college-seeking
were you doing before you came to CNR?
I attended Bronx High School of Science and worked
part-time doing everything a student can to make ends meet.
Truthfully, at first the reason was the money. CNR
offered me one of the best deals financially I could find. But I was
hesitant about spending the next four years of my life at a college
based on monetary grounds, so I decided to visit all the schools I
could afford to attend and see what they had to offer. I have to say
that when I stepped on this campus during a Campus Visit Day, that did
it for me. It was spring and everything was in bloom. The New Rochelle
campuswas beautiful. Then I walked into this crowded room filled with
prospective students and faculty, and I remember being able to sit down
and speak with faculty members from all the departments. Wow, it was
wonderful! Every professor was genuinely happy to meet me, to answer my
questions, to help me decide what to study. Coming from a huge co-ed
high school, the feeling of this small but filled college was extremely
welcoming. It felt right for me to be here. I remember that on
the drive home, I turned to my father and said, “Dad, CNR is the place
are you studying?
I’m a double major in International Studies and
Communication Arts. My minor is Religious Studies.
you have any favorite professors?
Each professor I have had taken a course with, or
have just conversed with through extra-curricular activities, has
played a role in helping me decide who I am and what I can do with my
life. But I must say two professors stand out the most for me:
Dr. Anne McKernan, Associate Professor of History, and Dr. Dennis Ryan,
Associate Professor of Religious Studies.
Dr. McKernan is my advisor for International
Studies, and I have taken a number of courses with her. She is the
professor that will not take “no” for an answer and expects nothing but
the best from each student. When assignments get harder and time starts
to get short, she is never afraid to ask for more because she knows we
can do it. She is often the reason for many of my sleepless nights, but
at the end I am so grateful that she has been my professor, that she
has pushed me to be my best.
As for Dr. Ryan! What can I say? I am someone who
has never studied, or was never exposed to anything considered
“religious” in my life until I came to college. Dr. Ryan sparked a
curiosity within me about religionn so I couldn’t help but add religion
to my course of studies. Dr. Ryan made me realize that I didn’t need to
be affiliated with a specific religion to experience it. Our beliefs
and hopes are our religion, and in order to understand who we are, we
must first understand others.
Are you involved with any clubs or committees on campus?
Yes, I am the founder and
president of the Student
Theatre Ensemble. That is a campus-based, student-run, theatre group.
For this year, I will also be sharing the presidency of CNR’s chapter
of Amnesty International, as well as participating in other clubs and
Claire, do you have a job on campus?
Yes, I work as a Lab
Assistant in Academic Computing
Services. Previously here on campus I had worked for the Learning
Support Services as a tutor and an assistant at the desk.
Do you have any advice for anyone who might be thinking
of going to CNR?
At CNR, you are the one in
control of your college
experience. You can create opportunities for yourself as well as be
exposed to the variety of personalities this college has to offer. If
you are willing to put in the time and hard work, you will make a
difference! CNR has already made a major difference in my life.
find out if CNR is the right choice for you, please contact:
The College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Place
New Rochelle, NY 10805