President - Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Theta Phi
I’m from a rural community of Jamaica and a first generation college student. I immigrated to the U.S. in 2016 and ever since, I’ve made it my priority to capitalize on every opportunity that arises.
I started LaGuardia Community College in Spring 2017 and I’m now a Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP) Alumni, President’s Society Alumni and an ASAP student. My current position as the president of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society Alpha Theta Phi Chapter, is an emblem of my determination to excel and make a difference in my community.
My career goal is to become a pharmaceutical scientist. With the multitude of synthetic drugs on the market, that have adverse effects on the human body, my aim is to revolutionize the drug industry and enforce more natural and herbal drugs that have less adverse effects on the human body.
As president, I seek to fulfil my duties to the best of my ability ensuring that the chapter bylaws are kept and be the backbone to my fellow officers.
Vice - President - Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Theta Phi
International Studies Major
Born and raised in Uzbekistan, my dreams and goals flew me across all the way other side of the world to the United States in 2014. I was forced to start the High School again when I was 19 because of my language barriers. However, I was able to accomplish passing the language test in 6 months and jumped from basic beginner level to non-ESL group. It wasn’t easy for me to overcome all hardships that I faced. But, it really shaped who I am today. I was able to learn to thrive only to be better every day, to accept the hardships and work hard to achieve goals throughout my experiences in a big, foreign city.
I am majoring in Liberal arts: International Studies in LaGuardia Community College because I aspire to be a human rights advocate in the future. My goal is to work for non-profit organizations that are specifically based Central Asia and Middle eastern countries. I also want to accomplish to engage within the United Nations as a global citizen to fight on an international level for women’s rights campaigns and promote political advocacy. I believe “The pen is mightier than the sword”, therefore I want to impact on ending gender inequality in the society through investigative journalism. I have taken the first step toward my goals by being a student in LaGuardia community college as well as a proud member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor’s society.
As Vice President of Alpha Theta Phi chapter in LaGuardia, I am looking forward to promote a growth in PTK even more along with the help of the officer team. My goal is to be able to demonstrate an exceptional atmosphere of teamwork to bring enthusiasm for the society’s hallmarks throughout the year. I will continue to use my organizational skills to help my team, to meet the deadlines, and to keep Alpha Theta Phi recognition of 5 stars in an international level. So, please look forward to a year full of opportunities and enthusiasm. I look forward to seeing you all!
Treasurer - Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Theta Phi
Major: Liberal Arts Math and Science
I am from the continent of South America and I used to live in a small country called Guyana with the ethnic background of a typical Indian. I love to listen to music and everything new that I learned became my hobby such as playing badminton and reading Indian serials. I am presently residing in the United States of America for five years now where I too came to live the ‘American Dream’. Coming to the United States I had to learn to adapt to the environment and the way things work as most of us can relate to. I always value education because “education is the key to success”. Acquiring an education can take you beyond the horizons. The teachings and values that my parents instilled in me shape the person I am today.
I am majoring in Liberal Arts Math and Science at LaGuardia Community College where I am doing all prerequisite courses for Nursing. I aspire to be a Registered Nurse after graduating from LaGuardia Community College and transfering to Queens College. Becoming a registered nurse is the most important career goal of me. I am very passionate to help people because at the end of the day I know that I will put a smile to someone's face before they leave a clinic or hospital. My goal is not only to help people but also create an impact in people’s life.My journey’s first step at achieving my dreams and what I want from life began at LaGuardia Community College and to make it even more beautiful and glorious I am a honored member of Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Theta Phi and now an officer representing LaGuardia chapter.
As the treasurer of Alpha Theta Phi chapter in LaGuardia,I look forward to be very much involved in the chapter and to persevere to achieve the purpose of PTK. I hope to not only fulfill every tasks and duties I will be assigned with but to work with the team and live up to the five star chapter expectations because as they say “teamwork makes the dream work”. With the best of my abilities, I hope to generate opportunities for all PTK members and at the same time grow as an individual whether being a leader or an assistant. I hope you join our team and make the most out of the opportunities that we have in store for you!!
Pema Thinle Mahatara Khamba
Media Officer - Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Theta Phi
Business Administration Major
“Luck favors a prepared mind”, this quote by Louis Pasteur reminds
me the obstacles that I deal with and overcame successfully with my dedicated
Born and raised in a middle-class family, in Nepal, I was
lucky enough to have parent who understood the significance of the education in
their children life. Due to the deeply rooted custom of the society, during their
time, both of my parent didn’t get the opportunity to acquire even a high
school degree. The fact that none of my parent have a high school degree used
to upset me a lot, especially when I was with my friends from highly educated
family. However, later in my life, I discover and understood the reason that
leads my parent quit their school early in their life. Since then, I made a
promised to myself that no matter what, I would remain dedicated and work hard
to accomplish the unachieved dream of my parent.
Unfortunately, at a
very young age, I confronted a tragic accident that I feel uncomfortable to
divulge and I hope the readers will understand my emotion. Doctors advised my
parent to stop sending me to school as it could jeopardize my health. However,
my eagerness towards acquiring an educated life motivated me to take that risk.
I decided not to quit my school and I am grateful to my parent who supported my
decision and encourage me to pursue my ambition while taking care of my health.
Looking back at the decisions I made, I do not regret any of
it. I would rather take a huge pride for choosing those decision as it has
helped me to enhance my intellectual ability. Today, I am majoring in business thereby,
becoming the first of my family to pursue a college education and live
independently in a foreign country.
Recruitment and Retention Officer - Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Theta Phi
Fine Arts Major
Throughout my formative years my family moved all over the world on a nearly yearly basis due to my father’s job. I was constantly introduced to new cultures, each more unique than the last. Growing up in such diverse surroundings spurred me to seek as non traditional a college experience as possible. In my search for the right college, New York and Queens in particular stood out as shining beacons of true diversity. LaGuardia Community College was an obvious choice as it is a direct reflection of the borough it’s located in. Students at LaGuardia are as diverse as they come. The kind of environment that LaGuardia provides, fosters a cultural and intellectual exchange that is difficult to find anywhere else. As a third culture child, LaGuardia has become home for me and the student body a family, and I am sure that is true of many other students. My work with the Alpha Theta Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on the LaGuardia campus is an effort to give back to a college that has given me so much in such a short period of time.
My goals in LaGuardia are to help students take full advantage of the resources available to them, whether as a Phi Theta Kappa officer or as a Student Success Mentor. Upon completion of my Associate’s Degree, I plan on transferring to a four year college to pursue my Bachelor’s Degree. My career goals include continuing the family tradition of working for either the United Nations or for the United States Agency for International Development.
Lhamu Tsering Sherpa
Secretary - Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Theta Phi
Named after the white lotus in Buddhism, which is symbolic to blooming above the murk to purity and spiritual awakening, Lhamu sees herself as one who has always worked hard despite any hardships. Born and raised in Nepal with three other siblings, she felt she never quite fitted in.
Despite this lack of belonging, she never gave up on her goals to succeed. There came a pivotal time, the April 2015 Earthquake in Nepal, which changed her entire outlook on life. She noticed the subtle psychological repercussions of the earthquake in many, which sprouted her interested in the field of psychology. In the light of this epiphany, she decided on pursuing a career in counselling or developmental psychology.
As a step toward her goal, she came to the United States to pursue higher education in Psychology in December 2015. She is currently majoring in Psychology and will transfer to Hunter College next Spring to finish her Bachelor’s degree.
Her vision in Phi Theta Kappa is to promote academic excellence and establish a community to foster and strengthen students’ sense of belonging at Laguardia.
Programming and Event Officers - Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Theta Phi
“Hi, my name is Liza (Lee-zuh). As the programming and events officer of PTK for 2018-19, I hope to continue the excellent work of our predecessors, and help many people find out about this honor society, as well as to make it feel like home for those already involved. I'm looking forward to working with and getting to know all of you guys!”
Honors in Action (HIA) Officer - PHI THETA KAPPA
Major - Biology
What is better than growing up in Africa and speaking three different languages? Being a Phi Theta Kappa member, but most notably, being an Alpha Theta Phi officer. I am privileged and thrilled to be an international student in the United States and to serve in one of the greatest honor societies in the world.
I am precisely from Morocco, the pearl of Africa, where people from different cultures and religions live peacefully and in great joy and amusement. I was very lucky to find myself growing up in an environment where Arabic, French, English, and Amazigh are spoken very fluently, and where the spirit to learn, to explore, to excel, and to win is abundant throughout the country.
I was always labeled by my teachers as the dreamer, ambitious, but most importantly, the different kid, which has inspired me to major in physics in high school with the hope to be a great scientist. I have always admired physics as well as biology, and always wanted to learn passionately about organisms, which is why I am majoring in biology currently. My dream is to be an astrobiologist to answer questions that has been only addressed in religion and myths.
I serve as the Honors In Action Officer in Alpha Theta Phi because I love competition and to work with outstanding and motivated pupils.