ASAP serves a vibrant group of students enrolled in full-time coursework. These students hail from all areas of New York City and represent a broad range of ages, backgrounds, and academic aspirations. Here, you will get a glimpse into their lives as they tell their stories and share their ASAP experience.

  • Olasubomi Ayomide Efuniyi

    BMCC Computer Science Major, 4.0 student and 2017 Valedictorian, Olasubomi Ayomide Efuniyi is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the BMCC Student Government Association. He is also a research assistant under the NYC Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (NYC-LSAMP) program.” During Olasubomi’s time at BMCC, he did his best to be a well-rounded student.

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  • Arlette Butcher

    As a future educator, “I’ve had a passion for working with young children,” observes St Lucia-born Early Childhood Education major Arlette Butcher. “I think that every child is capable of learning, but I also believe that there needs to be resources that will assist in being successful.” Butcher’s own passion for learning earned her a perfect 4.0 grade and the title of Salutatorian of the Bronx Community College Class of 2016.

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  • Yueli Chen

    After coming to America from China in 2011, I enrolled at Queensborough in the fall of 2013. I took English as a second language classes in the CLIP program and was accepted into the ASAP program after one-year study.

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  • Wendy Fernández

    Hostos engineering student and 2016 valedictorian, Wendy Fernández might not look like your typical engineer, but she is part of a growing number of female students who are trying to change this educational anomaly.

    Fernández, who hails from the Dominican Republic, has been interested in engineering from an early age. She said while other young children were watching cartoons, she found herself glued to the Discovery Channel.

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  • Jamie Alvarado

    I first knew I wanted to attend college before I even had my high school diploma. But as an immigrant, with a limited education, I couldn’t find much help from anyone who could steer me in the right direction and almost dropped out.

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  • Joshua Tanon

    The ASAP program has had a huge impact on many students such as myself. Not only does it help students to succeed despite all the hardships they must overcome, it also helps students learn more about themselves and realize their true potential. Without my experience in ASAP, I honestly don’t believe I would have…

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  • Fatima Ali

    Although I graduated from ASAP five years ago, the guidance I and my peers received from our ASAP advisors inspired me to seek employment at a two-year college. I had a strong desire to assist at-risk students and believed that becoming a recruitment associate with CUNY Start would provide valuable insight into the numerous ways higher education professionals can create an encouraging environment for a unique community college population. I view this position as a vital stepping stone in preparation for eventually working as an academic advisor with two-year college students. So far, I have interacted with students from a multitude of academic, social, and cultural backgrounds. I am happy to say that I am learning day-by-day from my colleagues how to best support these individuals as they seek to better prepare themselves for their college education.

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  • Quintin Price

    I attend the CUNY campus of Bronx Community College, and major in Business Administration with a Management option. When I first came to college, I was looking for the best program to support my needs. Then, I received an email from ASAP listing the benefits of the program and extending an invitation to orientation. After the orientation, I knew this is exactly what I needed to succeed and graduate as soon as possible, so I […]

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  • Olasubomi Ayomide Efuniyi

    BMCC Computer Science Major, 4.0 student and 2017 Valedictorian, Olasubomi Ayomide Efuniyi is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the BMCC Student Government Association. He is also a research assistant under the NYC Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (NYC-LSAMP) program.” During Olasubomi’s time at BMCC, he did his best to be a well-rounded student.

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  • Celeste Mota

    “Yes, ASAP offers free books, free tutoring and free MetroCards. ASAP also offers honest, reliable and caring support that will guarantee that you will gain the confidence to become who you really want to be. Thanks to ASAP, I have learned that there will always be obstacles that life will throw at me, but because of ASAP I have learned that there is a solution for any problem.” […]

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  • Lydia Amoa-Owusu

    I knew that in order to create a better future for my children and myself, I had to attend and succeed in college. Even though ASAP benefits you financially with a monthly MetroCard, a tuition waiver, smaller classes, and free textbooks, my advisor Nadine has been my God-sent angel.” […]

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  • Deian Alert

    “Determined and dedicated to anything I put my mind to, I continued on my journey even when I only had $10 in my pocket. After about two months as a freshman I passed an office and out of curiosity I decided to enquire inside about what they were about… I was told to go online and schedule an appointment for an information session because I qualified for the program. Can I tell you that even if I’d had $5000 in my pocket, nothing could have made me happier?”

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  • Arlette Butcher

    As a future educator, “I’ve had a passion for working with young children,” observes St Lucia-born Early Childhood Education major Arlette Butcher. “I think that every child is capable of learning, but I also believe that there needs to be resources that will assist in being successful.” Butcher’s own passion for learning earned her a perfect 4.0 grade and the title of Salutatorian of the Bronx Community College Class of 2016.

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  • Francine Francis

    “My college advisor… received an email from a Mr. Javier Legasa, who informed him that I qualified for the ASAP program… When I was told about the email, I leaped for joy down the corridor of my school, as a wealth of worries dissipated from my shoulders. I did matter after all, and somewhere in CUNY there was a program called ASAP that was willing to give me the chance to go to school for free so I could keep on shooting for the moon.” […]

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  • Jason Barbosa

    “Jumping forward in time to now, I realize that ASAP is an every-kind-of-student program. The environment they provided us through our weekly seminars, adviser meetings and cohort placement, fostered a safe, accepting place for us to have both academic and social success” […]

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  • Johan De La Cruz

    “Ever since I enrolled in ASAP, school has not been a sacrifice anymore but a privilege and an investment. ASAP has provided me with the balance of finance, support and guidance. This opportunity has opened many doors. Being part of the program has given me the clarity as to where I am going, how I will get there, when and why I want to get there. I feel that I am accomplishing my life’s ambitions along with my academic goals.” […]

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  • Wendy Fernández

    Hostos engineering student and 2016 valedictorian, Wendy Fernández might not look like your typical engineer, but she is part of a growing number of female students who are trying to change this educational anomaly.

    Fernández, who hails from the Dominican Republic, has been interested in engineering from an early age. She said while other young children were watching cartoons, she found herself glued to the Discovery Channel.

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  • Joyce Ramos

    “…I realized then that I had a void that hadn’t been filled. My father’s words came back to haunt me: “YOU ARE GOING TO REGRET IT.” My husband and I sat down to discuss me going back to school and what it would mean to us… Let’s just say the rest is history. So never give up, anything is possible. I stand before you as proof.” […]

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  • Shaniqua McClellan

    My advisor was there for me whether the issue concerned school or not. The career advisement specialist helped me with my professionalism, helping me to make my resume more marketable and preparing me for prospective interviews with mock ones. The ASAP staff were easily accessible to me and became people who I trust and confide in… I get goose bumps wondering how I could have done all of this on my own.” […]

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  • Oxwell Ojo

    “Heidi is the reason why I am where I’m at today. If I hadn’t gone for the one-on-one meeting with her at that specific stage of my life when I had it a little rough, I don’t think I would be taking school seriously today… Not only Heidi, but every ASAP participant has had a great impact on me, and I am thankful for that every day because I now wake up wanting to face new challenges without questioning my abilities..” […]

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  • Batala Aristide

    “ASAP is the light that sparked my interest in school and has made learning a fun experience for me. I began by quoting Wasalu Jaco: ‘One closed chapter it opens up another part, so this is more like the end, question mark.’ Ever since joining ASAP, not only do I know what the next chapter looks like, but now I have a pretty good feeling about how the story ends.” […]

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  • Boaz Anicet

    “From all the way back to elementary school, I’ve never been a good student. I’ve just managed to get by through procrastination and then looking for back doors or just doing the bare minimum… Right now I’m doing well in school and plan to continue my education after KBCC using the planning and time management skills I’ve learned in ASAP.” […]

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  • Esmeralda Vargas

    “Your first year of college can be so confusing and frustrating. You have no idea what to do or where to go; you’re like a lost puppy. But with ASAP, you have a sense of comfort and confidence. They’re like a family you know you can count on. Knowing that there’s someone to help you and guide you through those difficult times in college really makes all the difference.” […]

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  • Desiree Rivera

    “… Classes had not even begun and I just knew this was my time; I was more ready and determined than I had ever been in my life…Looking back at the past two years of my life, I can say with confidence that ASAP was a godsend. Being accepted into the program was the beginning of my road to redemption. ASAP provided me with all the necessary tools to be the best student that I can possibly be and I truly don’t think I would have been able to reignite my potential without the program.” […]

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  • Johnny Lozada

    “Tyleah Castillo of ASAP came one fine spring day to give a presentation to our happy group of potential high school graduates. She spoke eloquently of all the benefits ASAP offered and I sat up and took notice. Well, not really. I heard, ‘blah blah blah MetroCard blah blah blah FREE BOOKS blah blah BOOK VOUCHER.’ Now at this point, I still wasn’t sure if I wanted to take on school. The more I listened, the more I realized that the writing was on the wall and went for it. I haven’t looked back ever since.” […]

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  • Sandra Murudumbay

    When I first arrived at Medgar Evers College for the 2014 freshmen orientation, I found myself in a large crowd of students with a common goal: locate the Founder’s Auditorium…

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  • Ashley Hunte

    I am an immigrant from the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, in South America. My family and I migrated two years ago to be with my grandparents. I got accepted into Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn but then I realized that my parents could not afford to pay my tuition. So I…

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  • Yueli Chen

    After coming to America from China in 2011, I enrolled at Queensborough in the fall of 2013. I took English as a second language classes in the CLIP program and was accepted into the ASAP program after one-year study.

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  • Liang Lin

    “I was not sure what to study when I first entered college and worried so much about many things. But if you’re part of the ASAP community, you’re not alone. Your entire cohort is here with you to get through the most difficult moments…” […]

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  • Erika Herrera

    “Thanks to ASAP’s support I’m still on the path to achieve my goals. I will never regret my delay to a senior college. And now I can finally say that I am a proud QCC student and leader for ASAP 2013.” […]

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  • Jenna Acquaviva

    “[The Summer Institute] appeared to be just another annoying requirement—some random corny group — team building that, for some reason, all institutions feel obligated to require when a large group is entering some type of program. I had no idea that this part of ASAP, the Summer Institute, would not only affect my experience here at Queensborough, but that would change my life.” […]

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