Major : Business Administration
My name is Gallage Dona Chethana Prabodhanie, a sophomore at LaGuardia Community College majoring in Biology. I began my elementary education in South Korea, attended middle school in Sri Lanka, and High school in Sri Lanka, India and America due to the privilege of being a diplomat’s daughter. To some people, this idea of transferring schools, let alone countries, might seem horrifying because of the fear of facing new challenges. But to me, it was a learning experience. I learned to adapt to every kind of situation that I am presented with and was able to enrich myself with all the good things these cultures had to offer. These experiences framed me into the person who I am today; someone who appreciates cultural diversity and respects others’ customs and traditions.
Apart from respecting different cultures, other values I uphold include, hard work and helping others. Helping people gives me great satisfaction and this is why I made it my new mission in life to help others while pursuing my studies in the field of science. I decided to become a Pediatrician. This decision, along with my transfer to New York brought me here to LaGuardia Community College, a place where I can work, learn and grow while appreciating the diverse student population. Ever since I joined this wonderful campus, I made sure to search for opportunities that would allow me to grow as a leader while contributing to my college community. These searches led me to the Alpha Theta Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for two-year community colleges, of which I am now the co-President. Ever since the day I became a member of the chapter, I have committed myself into assisting the chapter promote its four hallmarks; leadership, scholarship, fellowship and service. Promoting these four pillars that represents PTK to the best of my ability is how I wish to serve my college community. And I will do so by keeping in mind, one of Lord Buddha’s teachings that says, “If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.” If I am able to shine a light on the life of at least one person while being in this position and afterwards, it would be one of my greatest accomplishments.
Major : Business Administration
Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary-General of the United Nations, once said, “Knowledge is power; information is liberating; education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” I first encountered the above quote two years ago in a book that I was reading, and I have held to it ever since. Yes, knowledge is power, information is liberating, and education is the premise of progress. However, I did not always have the same views regarding education. In fact, while I was in Greece, I was an average student who only did the bare minimum to pass his classes. I had only a few friends, and I wasn’t evolved in extracurricular activities in my school. For a certain period of time I even believed, from the bottom of my heart, that education was unnecessary to succeed in life. In turns out, I was wrong. When I arrived in the United States three years ago, I was exposed to a diverse society—unlike the homogenous Greece—that, instead of being divided, was coming closer together to pursue a common goal: upward mobility. I met people from different ethnicities, languages, social classes, and cultures that all came together to make their dreams reality. The fast-paced lifestyle, the excitement, and the motivation that was projected upon me encouraged me to join this sentiment and be a part of the increasingly mobilized society that glorifies and pursues education as a means for success. I, too, at first, entered college having the same mentality; however, as I was exposed to influential professors and mentors, I shifted my mindset on education—it was, now, not just a means for upward mobility, as I initially considered it to be, but a channel of knowledge that, if used correctly, can enrich our lives, contributing to not only individual excellence, but to a more collective one. Some of my professors taught me to view education not as a temporary possession, but as a life-long journey of knowledge and liberation. Now, a LaGuardia student and Co-President of Alpha Theta Phi, I feel privileged to be a part of one of the most diverse colleges in the country, and I will do anything possible to promote academic excellence and provide a sense of belonging to my fellow PTK members in the society—because, I have learnt, when people have a sense of belonging, they perform better at school and in the world in general. I come from a background where none of my parents had the chance to graduate with a college degree, and I want to break that status quo—not because I want to prove to them how better I am, but because I understand the value of higher education and the richness it entails in our lives. Fellow PTK members, I’m sure many of you have endured more hardships and difficulties in life than anyone can imagine, but I urge you to keep pursuing a higher education. Together, we can break barriers; together we can make our voices heard; together we can change the world, all one step at a time. The first step has already been taken: to join this prestigious society. Now, it’s up to us to see where the road takes us.
Mary E. Naughton
Major: Business Administration
I am a third generation American, and proud! My ancestors were of Irish, Italian, and Polish descent. I come from a family who worked hard for everything they achieved. My grandfather was a World War II Veteran, and my father, a Vietnam Veteran. My grandfather had, at times, worked three jobs to make sure he could provide for his family. My father, was the seventh child of first generation American parents, they lived in the tenement apartments that used to encompass the city. When my father was a child, it was still customary for children to work to bring money in for their families. At age five, he sold newspapers and shined shoes and any money earned was brought back home. He took on various odd jobs throughout his childhood until he joined the army at seventeen. Ultimately, he secured a career as a union iron worker where he walked iron beams hundreds of feet in the air, working on the skyscrapers of New York City. My drive to do whatever is necessary to accomplish what I want, comes directly from my father. His continued perseverance is my inspiration. Hustle runs in my family.
My Goals: In Phi Theta Kappa, I am looking to encourage open communication and ensure deadlines are met. Organization is my expertise, and I will use that to assist our team in meeting our objectives. After graduation, in Spring of 2018, I am looking to transfer into a four-year college. My academic focus will include a major in Marketing, and Entrepreneurship, and a minor in Communications. I plan to secure an internship and/or career in the business realm, which will allow me the opportunity to finance my own business venture, an e-commerce cosmetic company. I also plan to travel, hopefully to a few of the countries of some of the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting here at LaGuardia.
Major: Healthcare Business Administration
I was raised as an only child with my immigrant family in Far Rockaway, New York. My mother worked as a Licensed Practical nurse for over 20 years and kept control of our household very well. I was raised very well and grew up differently than some whom I grew up around. I took weekly trips to Pennsylvania and other states where my mother owned property and had dealing with a few businesses. My mother is my role model, she showed me that anything is possible if your work ethic is strong. She instilled education in me and fought for me to remain in school. I am a survivor of domestic violence and i hope to use that as a platform to mentor young women and advocate against it. At one point I wasn't able to go to school because my personal situations were so difficult but I had the perseverance to survive and succeed. I used my shortcomings to enhance my strengths when I was at my weakest. I never let my life situation determine my life and i’m happy to say I am not a product of my environment. My end goal is Nurse Practitioner or hospital administrator. I am active in my community as an organizer for Rockaway Youth Task force, a civic organization focused on social justice. I hope to use PTK as a foundation of greatness to come.
Wei-Cheng Lin (Wilson)
Major :Computer Science
I’man international student from Taiwan. I finished two-year college in militaryschool in my country, and served in the army for total of six years. Before Icame to the U.S, I had six years of working experiences that molded me into aresponsible and a capable person. After eight years working experience, Idecided to come back to school continue studying because I realized that Ididn’t have enough knowledge, language skill and technical skills to competewith others. Therefore, I made a decision to come to the U.S and chose New YorkCity to stay and to challenge myself. LaGuardia Community College is a verygood school and place to fulfill your dream and goal; I’m saying that becauseI’ve got my dream back from here. Our school provides a lot of resources tohelp students that I’ve seen a lot of improvements which are for students toexperience more convenient, comfortable, and healthy campus while studying.Joining PTK and became an active member was a correct decision; I’ve beenlearning, making friends and gaining a lot of different experiences fromparticipating in events and workshops. Now, it’s the time for me to helpeverybody enjoy college life with PTK.
“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” -Earl Nightingale
Throughout an individual’s educational journey, the obstacles one encounters shape an identity further than one can imagine—towards the heartbeat of success. A motivated student becomes driven to forsake all educational barriers to reach the root of an ultimate aim. As a Bangladeshi American education was emphasized throughout my life, I had devoted parents who dreamed of success for their children. Growing up in Queens, New York with a diverse community of individuals who thrived in talent, education meant the pinnacle of any achievement. Early on during my adolescence, I engrained a mindset that through determination and productive perseverance the “All American Dream” can be attainable; without a doubt challenges transform into intellectual actions to influence others. Thus far, the mentality of success gave the willpower to approach life’s educational challenges in the utopia of diversity—LaGuardia Community College, leading to decisions to strive excellence. The exposure of various fields of study became a beacon of light to choose my major in Business Administration, however, interest in literature, natural sciences, and humanities opened a passage to obtain knowledge in other areas—for education and knowledge is not bounded by one area of study. Instead one who seeks rational and ethical understanding of life’s greatest questions with an empirical mindset constructs a gateway to lead a meaningful educational journey. In such a short time, I dedicated rigor into the set curriculum at LaGuardia to gain academic comprehension which once seemed hopeless.
I have learned that hard work and perseverance are key factors to a successful educational journey. As the great philosopher Aristotle quotes, “the roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet” (Aristotle). The importance of Aristotle’s quote signifies that during our educational escapade there will be times of distress, however, the end goal is the sweetness of success. As college courses become difficult with numerous failures, learning from such failures will define individual success. However, we are not alone on this educational endeavor—friendships with fellow peers and mentors become the source to construct goals and dreams. Shortly after, true dedication lead towards the direction to join the prestigious International Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa. Within moments, I decided to connect with this chapter as a Retention and Recruitment Officer, thus, learning to seek roles to motivate and influence my fellow peers to continue their educational success and to lead life with purpose and meaning. Being an involved LaGuardian, I have met many individuals with unimaginable strengths to create sublime titles in their next stages beyond LaGuardia Community College—a mission I aim to fulfill in the minds of all LaGuardians.
In a year’s time, I will have gained knowledge beyond thought, as the near of my education at LaGuardia nears the mission to continue an undergraduate education are in institutions such as—Yale University, Columbia University, New York University Stern- School of Business, or Georgetown University. Indeed, such aspirations are admirable and attainable through educational dedication and embodiment of profound scholars, leaders, and philosophers—for all is destined for greatness. Through such knowledge, I intend to focus on humanitarian work to aid children who are voiceless in countries that lack an educational system; to bring greatness into the minds of children who crave understanding and cherish learning. A quote one should live by, as Immanuel Kant states, “It is through our education that all the good in the world arises” (Kant). Therefore, educating humanity’s weakest souls shapes morality and goodness which is a mission I strive to achieve throughout my lifetime, however, my start is at LaGuardia Community College and Phi Theta Kappa—a connection to the world.
Seek the truth through the mission of an education.
Kedar Babu Shrestha
Major: Business Administration
Kedar Babu Shrestha is Honors in Action chapter officer at Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society International who engages honors students in actions and helps them to recognize and encourage scholarship in a lively exchange of ideas. Kedar is Accelerated Student in Associates Program member at LaGuardia Community College Majoring Business Administration. A strong innovative and creative individual, he aims to be the Foreign sales representative. He has the experience and developing skills to build up his confidence to become what he aspires to be and make his dream come true.
Kedar lives in the United States, New York with his parents but he was born and raised in Nepal. He loves meeting new people and learning new things. During his copious free time, he spends his time playing games, doing cardio, reading books and trying very hard not to be the worst dancer. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“As one person I cannot change the world, butI can change the world of one person.” – Paul Shane Spear
Lhamu Dolma Hyolmo
Born and raised in Nepal, I consider myself to be lucky and proud to be a part of diverse culture. I belong to the small indigenous group of Nepal known as “Hyolmo”. My parents never got an opportunity to go to school and educate themselves. They had to work from a very young age. Later, they realized the importance of education and worked really hard to educate me along with my three sisters. When most of the girls were deprived of education, my parents always supported us to dream big. I sailed my ship from Nepal to America on 2016, with a hope of conquering my dream. It was not easy for me to adapt in this big city all alone far from my family. However, I am glad to have this opportunity as it has helped me to grow as a person. I have encountered many opportunities here in LaGuardia Community College, which I would have never got back in my country. Phi Theta Kappa is one of the biggest achievement that I have achieved. Also, it has opened a new door for me to gain lot of experience. Being inducted as a part of International Honor Society, made me realize that dream does come true but you have to earn it, with your hard work. I won’t ever regret my decision to be a part of PTK family, as a chapter officer-recording secretary. As a chapter officer, I want to motivate all of LaGuardia students to dare to do more and dream big and achieve big.
Arts - Design
Born and raised in Paris, France, I
got the opportunity to discover the meaning of my surroundings while coming to
the United States in 2015. Indeed, seeing the diversity in New York City made
me realize how small and unique I am in this big world we chose to call Earth,
and how much I can provide in it also.
My educational goal is to become an
Interior Designer who will not only design spaces, but who will also make an
impact in people or peoples’ lives by creating ideas leading them to always
have the right feelings while entering these spaces. This goal should also be
considered metaphorically, because I enjoy helping people through
encouragements, and trust that there are solutions to everything, everywhere.
To have become a member and an
officer of the Alpha Theta Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society were
two accomplishments I won’t regret because I know how much I will learn,
realize things I cannot see yet, and because I know that I have now a second
family on which I can count on and grow with, even while going through
I believe that with my personality,
the fact that I am willing to learn and to do more, I will make changes for the
better in this community all along the year with my team working and the
members. I also believe that each individual has unique gifts they need to seek
and find through experiences. Be curious and taste new things, because you
won’t regret it. You won’t regret it at all.
the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” - Albert Einstein