Every year, hundreds of thousands of students choose The City University of New York for a multitude of reasons that can be summed up as one: opportunity. Providing a quality, accessible education, regardless of background or means has been CUNY’s mission since 1847. The University’s unwavering commitment to that principle is a source of enormous pride. CUNY colleges offer a seemingly infinite array of academic programs taught by award-winning faculty, as well as the arts, sports, internships, scholarships and community service opportunities. The powerful combination of quality academics, remarkable affordability, financial support and the convenience of 24 modern campuses spanning the five boroughs of New York – the most exciting city in the world – makes CUNY a singular value in higher education today. The wise choice for smart students: That’s the CUNY Value.

— James B. Milliken, Chancellor

CARLA SPENSIERI

(right, with Chancellor Milliken)

HER STORY

Spensieri, whose Italian and Cuban immigrant families sparked her passion for languages, transferred to CUNY from a private university to earn a B.A. in Italian Culture and Civilization (Hunter College ’14) and an M.A.T. in Childhood Education, (Queens College ’15). “Private education was too expensive, and the value of a public education was greater,” says Spensieri, whose plans include teaching English in Brazil on a Fulbright grant.

AWARD

2015 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

GOAL

To learn “at least 10 languages,” teach in New York and overseas, write, and possibly conduct education-related research.