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December 18, 2015 |

Sandra MurudumbayWhen 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. I had already realized that college was very different from high school. Coming from a small high school community into a larger community like Medgar Evers was unforeseen. Though I was very enthusiastic about starting a new chapter in my life, I realized that it was not going to be an easy path. My passion for school and success did not diminish after factoring all the college additional expenses. However, I did know that I had to come up with a plan that would help me throughout college. The thought of applying to several jobs, attending school full-time, working part-time, and contributing to the household made me feel like I would not be able to keep a balance.

I am glad that ASAP arrived at Medgar at the same time I did because it has been of tremendous help to me throughout my freshmen year. I did not have to think twice. ASAP was exactly what I needed! Because of ASAP I have been able to dedicate to my studies full time, become part of the Medgar Evers Science Association (MESA) club, and mentor my peers. ASAP has been such a great academic, financial, and advising support. The ASAP benefits have encouraged me to push myself forward and take full advantaged of this great opportunity.

I am proud to say that I am part of the ASAP family as well as grateful for the spectacular work the staff does for the students. The advisors and career specialist are supportive, caring and willing to go out of their way to help students. I personally thank my advisor for pulling some strings and helping me get a step closer to my dream. Furthermore, my career specialist played a big role in helping me obtain a priceless experience at Yale University. It has been a great pleasure to be a part of the ASAP community and I can say that without ASAP, I would not have been able to complete my Associate Degree by the end of fall ’15 semester.