03/09/2022 | AuthorNCC
SUNY Nassau's Valedictorian of the Class of 2021
I decided to go back to school after a long absence and SUNY Nassau seemed like the perfect place. The location was convenient, it was priced fairly, and I knew it was a great place from the recommendations I received from the community. My own experience at the College was outstanding, too. The curriculum was challenging, and I feel like it prepared me for upper-level classes in social work. The professors were knowledgeable and accessible to answer questions. I was also able to join clubs which allowed me to connect with some of the advisors and others in my program. Overall I had a very positive experience.
There are so many instances that stand out, but I remember hugging my math teacher after acing the final exam. Math has always been a challenge for me and finally understanding and enjoying math was amazing. They never gave up or were frustrated by my slow progress. I also remember going to the math center and being helped by the staff in a kind and empathetic manner. It made a huge difference!
My experience as valedictorian was a "dream”. Knowing that my story felt worthwhile enough to share was very emotional for me. I am very open about my challenges with trauma and mental health. I find that there is a strength and humanity in vulnerability. Having the ability to tell people about my life and having people relate was validating. It was nerve wracking too! Following my speech I received a few interview requests and was happy to be a voice for anyone who has gone through similar things. The experience has influenced me to become an advocate for mental health justice.
I am currently at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University as a transfer student in my second semester. I hope to earn my BSW and go on to grad school to earn my MSW. I then hope to earn the practical experience needed to be licensed as an LCSW specializing in trauma centered therapy.
I am a marketing major and will graduate in 2025. After a rough start at a large four-year university, I chose to attend Nassau Community College. It has a nice campus, a great community, and besides — my mom went here! My best experience so far has been my in-class presentations.
Jul 18, 2023 | NCC
I transferred to NCC to pursue a degree in Nursing. After some sudden life-changing events I needed to be back home with my family. Nassau was the best educational opportunity for me, especially considering my chosen career path. One of my favorite experiences at the College so far has been forming a sense of community with my peers.
Jul 17, 2023 | NCC
My major is Biology and I am in my second year at NCC. I originally came to Nassau Community College because of the smaller class sizes and proximity to my home but the terrific faculty and flexible class schedules are great as well. As a science major, I would have to say one of my favorite experiences at Nassau has been the hands-on work that we do in the labs during biology classes.
Jul 17, 2023 | NCC