Student Profiles

 

aranda Steven Aranda


Westchester Community College has an impressive array of professors who interact with their students and are eager to teach, as well as students who truly want to learn. Working full-time has enabled me to better manage my time as a full-time student at the college. I joined Making a Difference, became the Vice President and helped improve the club. Our group wants to make a change and exhibit to the world how college students are able to become involved in their communities. Upon completion of my Liberal Arts/ Humanities/Math and Science Associate’s Degree, I intend to transfer into a Physician Assistant Program. I want to help others in a way that will impact them more than just volunteering. My mother was a nurse in her home country, and in a way I want to fulfill the dreams that she did not realize. I am in the honors program at school and a student ambassador. I hope to continue with my full-time job and my full-time studies in order to become the first of the family to complete college in the United States.
brown Al Brown

As an older adult student, I spent countless hours choosing my field of study. My research proved correct when I walked in my Ethnic and Cultural Diversity class. The ratio of women to men in that classroom was 8 to 1 and I was the only male enrolled in the degree program of Liberal Arts/Social Science. There is a great need for more males in the area of social work as there are a large number of men with a diverse set of social problems. It is a proven fact that men tend to feel less defensive and more receptive when dealing with other men. While no one person can solve all of the vast ills that these men face, I want to be an important and effective professional in service to my fellow human beings. With this in mind, I have embarked on the studies to complete my degree. Being given the Kathryn Davis Global Scholars award will help me achieve my goal of completing my education and assisting my fellow man in by becoming a valuable, productive citizen.
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Devisha Bryan

During my early teen years my mother had health problems. This took a toll on her as well as our family. The woman who was my lifeline now needed me to be there for her. My high school years were spent learning, preparing for college, assisting my mother, and earning money to help cover the cost of her doctor visits and medications. My mother’s only wish was for me to graduate from college and become successful. My mother is my inspiration and motivation, and helping her through her illness has inspired me to want to assist others by entering the healthcare field. My goal is to become a registered nurse so I can aid others to overcome their illnesses and difficult times.
burnett Lee Burnett

I come from a family where education is important. As the child of a high school instructor, I’ve witnessed the sacrifice and dedication it takes to be a teacher, but I’ve also seen the momentous change a good teacher can help bring about in a student’s life. At Westchester Community College, I have had the enormous privilege of studying with teachers who understand the importance of that work. Since returning to academics after taking a year off, I have taken advantage of the many resources offered by Westchester Community College. In particular, through the Honor Society, I have enjoyed the
exposure to some of the brightest students and professors. I bring determination and love of learning to school with me. I don’t take education for granted; it has been a hard-won path for me and one I plan to help others travel.
flores Beatriz Flores

Westchester Community College has given me hope and faith. This college has given me the strength to pursue my studies and not let any obstacle prevent me from achieving my goals. Westchester Community College is like another world in which the faculty and counselors have a higher purpose: helping students. My goal is to enter the Nursing Program and to assist those in the less advantaged communities. As a bilingual nurse, I will be able to assist those in poor areas and better understand the instructions and information that the doctor is providing regarding their health. The Nursing Program at Westchester is a challenging one, however I know in the long run my hard work will pay off when I am able to help my patients to live productive,
healthy lives. At the college, I have encountered new challenges that will aid me in developing as a nurse and also as a human being. I will never regret coming to Westchester Community College.
fritze Delaneyah Fritze

I overcame many hardships when I was younger. Ultimately, I was able to obtain my GED. I went from job to job until I realized I needed to make a change and obtain my college degree. With much encouragement from my life partner, I enrolled in college and have no intention of stopping. As a member of the Honor Society, I have continued to succeed with my studies, am working with volunteer organizations, and cannot help but look forward to where I will go. My goal is to transfer to a four-year Bachelor program to study the sciences. I look forward to the day I walk across stage and receive my college diploma – the first in my family to do so. I have no doubt that I will succeed.
grandison Grant Grandison

In my pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Management, I have chosen to start my journey at Westchester Community College since it is one of the more reputable community colleges in the area. Partnering business management and marketing was a given for me as business studies have been my focus since high school and most of my jobs have centered around business. My goal after successfully completing my associate’s degree at Westchester Community College is to enroll in a four year university to complete my bachelor’s degree then seek employment with a major advertising agency. My dedication and determination are without question. This is my second attempt at obtaining my professional degree and I will succeed!
granja Vitor Granja

I am passionate about education and the mission of Westchester Community College. After moving from Brazil to the United States in 2008, I was determined to learn to speak English. I enrolled at Westchester Community College and successfully completed English as a Second Language courses.
Since enrolling in credit courses, I have become more active in the college community by joining a variety of clubs and activities. I have attained a strong grade point average which enabled me to join the Honors Program. My plans include applying to medical programs for minority students at Ivy League schools as well as applying for an internship at the World Health Organization. My ultimate goal is to become a primary care physician.
henao Sarah Henao

Enrolling at Westchester Community College was the best decision I ever made regarding my education. As a student, I have done pretty well so far. I earned a membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Some of my artwork was published in International Voices (an annual publication of written work and artwork from international students). I am hoping to take drawing courses in order to gain the skills necessary to become either an animator or illustrator. I have grown a lot more than I had imagined I would while attending college. I am becoming prepared to face an even bigger world ahead of me, a tougher road.
jefferson Grace Jefferson

Watching my parents make sacrifices for our family has changed me in many ways. It inspired me to take full responsibility for myself, including taking the responsibility to earn the money to pay for a college education. My parents have shown me that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Quitting is not an option. I am receiving a college education because I know it can make a difference in my life as well as the lives of others. I will graduate from
Westchester Community College and continue my education so that one day I will make a difference in this world.
johnson Nhyira Johnson

My transition from high school to collegewas not an easy one. My parents and I disagreed on the path I should take for a career choice – they suggested Nursing due to the employment opportunities that would be available. My ultimate choice was to pursue a career in the performing arts. Choosing to take a semester off to discover the path I would take, I took classes at the local YMCA. It was there I realized that my life would not be centered on one path but many. The different paths would include my love of dance and performing arts as well as educating others on the health issues that affect African-American women. Ambitious and confident, I am ready to fulfill my dreams and become a successful member of society.
malcom Felicia Malcolm

Ever since I was child, I have been battling other people’s opinions. I was, and still am, bound and determined to prove them wrong. I am on my way toward becoming a successful and productive citizen. Thus far I have made great strides. Academically, my achievements include an award by the National Council of Negro Women. Also, I am a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. I will continue to succeed academically and will never lose sight of my goal to become a doctor (hopefully in pediatrics).
mcmillian Johnas McMillan

Though I had always had an interest in obtaining a college degree, my life as a single parent was most important. After many struggles and twists and turns in life, I have finally enrolled in college and can accomplish a personal goal that was set many years ago. Currently serving as a foster mom to
several children, I am also certified to help raise children in crisis. It is this very reason why I have chosen to enter the field of Child Psychology. This will enable me to better serve the children I raise and prove to them that perseverance can help one realize hopes and dreams. While it may have been a tough road getting here, I feel that I have a purpose in life. While the journey may not be an easy one, the end result will be well worth it!
meche Jeremy Meche

Being about a decade older than most of my classmates, I had no idea what to expect from college life. It was through the encouragement of my employers and colleagues that I came to Westchester Community College to pursue a degree as a pharmacist and this has helped me to excel. Working and living independently since graduating from high school has taught me the value of hard work and the cost of not having a higher education degree. I am currently enrolled as a full-time student while working two jobs. I am a member of Phi Beta Kappa, President of the Chemistry Club and a member of several other clubs. I have maintained a grade point average of 3.95. I am determined to become a pharmacist –I will make it a reality!
meeks Annette Meeks

I was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. When I was younger, I wanted a job in the beauty industry. My interest in makeup opened many doors for me. I worked with one of the country’s top fashion models and toured with an internationally-known reggae band. Having achieved that early success in
life, I decided to pursue a college degree and move on to a career in the visual arts. My future goals are to graduate from Westchester Community College then transfer on to earn a Bachelor’s and then a Master’s degree. My dream is to use my skills to continue my career. Westchester Community College is my first step toward achieving my goals.
munoz Zulima Munoz

Four years ago, I came to the United States from Panama as part of a Cultural Exchange Program. The family I was living with encouraged me to take classes at Westchester Community College in order to improve my English skills. I am now pursuing a degree in Office Technologies. As a student at Westchester Community College, I have been able to take advantage of the college’s many resources. I plan on taking full advantage of them to obtain my goal of a college degree. It’s my hope to transfer to a four-year institution.
peters Stephen Peters

After graduating from boarding school, I felt pressured to attend a four-year school. At that time, I was afraid to take risks and learn new things. I struggled with classes while at school and ultimately failed. It was after taking a short break that I chose to apply to and attend Westchester Community College. I was fearful due to my past experience, but I soldiered on. I am grateful for this opportunity to show my full potential as a student at Westchester Community College. Currently I am active with the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at the college and Philosphia – quite a change from my previous experience. I have refocused without the pressure of being away from home, am working through my requirements to attain a degree with distinction, as well as meeting the requirements for transfer to a four-year institution. The opportunities presented to me here at the college have helped me grow as an
individual and improve as a student.
diaz Besi Sanchez Diaz

Born and raised in a country that was underdeveloped but rich in culture, I overcame many obstacles and challenges in order to do my best to accomplish my goals. After a personal tragedy, I chose to come to the United States, leaving all I knew behind to seek a better education and a better life for myself and my family. Recognizing that I had to adapt to a new culture and learn English, I enrolled at Westchester Community College. My perseverance and thirst for knowledge have helped me to build a competitive grade point average. I have also become involved in many clubs and have dedicated myself to setting high goals and to improving my leadership skills. Education is a tool to produce changes in society. It’s my goal to utilize the knowledge obtained to become a neurosurgeon and ultimately join Doctors Without Borders to help other under-developed countries and communities. Receiving the Kathryn Davis Global Scholarship is giving me a reason to improve, work harder, get more involved and will give me the opportunity to demonstrate my capacity to produce changes in our society.
schaefer Alisa Schaefer

Education means a lot to me. Not just because it will enable me to succeed, but it will also enable me to speak out for myself and others. My education has helped me gain the courage to become more involved at school. I recently joined Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Beta Gamma, and the International Business Club. The professors at Westchester Community College have helped me tremendously. I really feel as if I am in the right place! After graduating, my plan is to transfer to a four-year college to obtain my Bachelor’s in Business Economics. I know I can achieve this goal.
scudieri Kristen Scudieri

My experience as a college student has been unique. After my first semester, I was diagnosed with a learning disability. This discovery answered a lot of questions about the challenges I faced as a student. Once I knew why learning was so difficult for me, I was able to move on and refocus my efforts at the college. I became even more involved in my studies and at the student newspaper, where I am now the Co-Editor in Chief. Realizations about my past have pushed me to set new goals and I now seek even higher standards for myself, in and outside of the classroom. I am looking forward to completing my studies here and then advancing on to a four-year institution to study engineering.
stafford Anthony Stafford

I like to think of myself as a professional student; a professional defined as being “a person following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain;” a student as “a person formally engaged in learning, especially one enrolled in a school or college.” I embody both of these definitions simultaneously as my education is my means to a gain; every day I increase the value of my human capital and enjoy doing so in the process. I have reached milestones in my education that I am very proud of and I have goals that will take dedication, commitment and sponsorship to achieve.
teetsel David Teetsel

As I struggled to overcome many challenges during my adolescence, I was determined to pursue education after high school in order to help others who needed support and encouragement. I am pursuing Human Services in order to learn more about assisting others. While I have maintained a 4.0 grade point average during my college career, I have also taken time to become involved in various student activities. For instance, I joined the Psychology Club and have enjoyed working with fellow students who share the same goals. Now that I have faced my struggles head on, I am looking forward to helping others learn to harness their energy in order to realize their true potential.
trapasso Michael Trapasso

I consider myself quite lucky to be able to attend Westchester Community College. It is providing me with some amazing opportunities for my future. While I have yet to decide on a future career, I am certain that my true interests will surface. One area of interest is education as I have worked with children during my early stages of employment. I enjoy being a role model and mentor for children. I look forward to continuing my studies at Westchester Community College and to contribute to society in the future.
villa Enrico Villa

For an introverted young man, a move halfway around the world to a new country was quite a challenge. So was returning to school after not being a student for over ten years. My first year at Westchester Community College was an exciting and rewarding one. I maintained a 4.0 grade point average, was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, and joined various clubs. For the first time in many years, I can finally say that I am no longer homesick. This is the place that I can finally call home.