• Ali was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan where he completed his General Certificate of Education- Ordinary Level awarded by the Cambridge International Examinations in Pure Sciences. He then came to the United States to pursue higher education.

    Ali enrolled at LaGuardia Community College in Spring 2015 where he earned his A.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and graduated in Fall 2017. He then transferred to City College of New York to pursue his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering at the Grove School of Engineering.

    Ali’s relationships with his professors at LaGuardia helped him decide to pursue his ultimate goal, which is to earn his PhD and work as a professor.

    His ambition to help others is what initially drove him to become an SSM. Being an SSM, he expects his students to understand that education is essential, but so is college life, and connecting with one’s college community. Thus, he wants them to learn to enjoy their time as college students and get involved on campus.



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    Amanda Seidner

    aseidner@lagcc.cuny.edu




    Amanda is a Manhattan born, New York native who entered the workforce immediately upon graduating high school. She made her return to higher education in Fall 2018 here at LaGuardia C.C.

    Amanda’s wide range of academic interests are what led her to choose the flexibility of a Liberal Arts: Math & Science degree. Amanda credits her choice of major as a main factor of her academic success.

    Being able to take classes she was genuinely interested in along with the required core sparked a sense of inner awakening. She has found a new sense of purpose and direction during her time at LaGuardia.

    She hopes she can share her experiences with her students to help them reach their own personal “ah ha” moments as well as enhance students’ self-confidence.

    She aims to provide her students with all necessary resources to succeed. Upon graduation, Amanda plans to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science.



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    Angie Alonzo

    aalonzo@lagcc.cuny.edu




    Angie moved to New York three years ago from Ecuador, and recently graduated from LaGuardia in Spring 2019 with an Associate’s degree in Fine Arts.

    She plans on getting a Bachelor's degree in studio art at Queens College. She has always been very passionate about arts which was her incentive to move here, being born and raised for 18 years in Ecuador she had a different perspective on how things worked in the world; after living here she has changed and become an independent woman who believes her experiences can help guide and comfort other students that are in the same situation as she was.

    After her FYS and her Art and Design seminar course, she realized that being an SSM was the position that she needed to guide students.







    Anna Steto is half Greek and half Albanian and moved to New York City in 2015. She currently studies at LaGuardia Community College and is majoring in biology.

    After graduating from LaGuardia, she would like to go to Hunter College or Stony Brook University. Anna is a motivated person who likes learning about how the human body works and is passionate about working in a microbiology lab and doing research.

    She realized that she would like to go into the medical field when her grandmother died of unknown reasons. Anna, after finishing medical school, would like to be a doctor.

    She wants to improve the health system in her country and save as many lives as possible.



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    Caitlin Dean

    cdean@lagcc.cuny.edu




    Caitlin Dean graduated from LaGuardia Community College in June 2016 with with their AA in Deaf Studies. They currently work as both a Student Success Mentor and an ASL tutor with the Modern Language Lab. At LaGuardia, Caitlin combines their passions for languages, working to build community, and helping others educate themselves.

    Caitlin hopes to create positive classroom environments where students feel comfortable establishing themselves as new students and empower them to claim the strengths they each already possess. As a queer person, it is especially important to them to help students realize their own power as a community when they share skills, insights, and advocate for the benefit of each other.





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    Desire Staley

    dstaley@lagcc.cuny.edu




    Desire Staley is a native New Yorker. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Desire graduated from LaGuardia Community College with an A.A in Psychology. Desire is currently attending a senior college pursuing a major in Psychology and International Studies. Once she achieves her degree, she is determined to pursue a career path in global public health for applied psychology.

    Desire plans to work for an international organization as a mental health counselor. She is passionate about providing counseling and mental health services for children, trauma victims, refugees, or families in need. As a Student Success Mentor, Desire plans to provide support to students to help them progress to their potential academically, personally, and professionally. Furthermore, Desire is motivated to help students move forward in their academics and be aware of the resources LaGuardia has available.



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    Jessica Amar

    jamar@lagcc.cuny.edu




    Jessica Amar was born and raised in New York City. Her parents were both from Punjab, India. Jessica graduated from LaGuardia Community College in December 2018 with an A.S. Degree in Criminal Justice. She is currently attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is working towards her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

    She wants to become a professor for the Criminal Justice department as well as become a manager of a company. Jessica is extremely glad that she is an SSM because she likes working with others. Jessica likes guiding students in the right direction as well as helping them to become successful. She believes in giving and sharing.

    Jessica hopes that her students will learn that they are not alone in college because we all are here for the same goal.



     
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    Juan Carlos Gil

    jgil@lagcc.cuny.edu




    Juan Carlos Gil was born in Mexico City. He and his family immigrated to the United States in search of the American Dream. He currently attends LaGuardia Community College and will be graduating with an Associate’s degree in Human Services/ Mental Health by the end of the fall semester 2017.

    He is currently the President of the Human Services club, a member of PTK, and an ASAP scholar. He hope to one day pursue a Master's Degree in Social Work and has applied to several senior colleges to make his dream come true. He would like to work with LGBTQ Youth that are at high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, facing chronic homelessness, and aging out of the foster care system.

    Juan Carlos has a passion for helping others and finding ways for people to be successful in their lives. He is passionate about education and sees the good in everyone. As an SSM he has the chance to demonstrate the skills he has learned in each of his classes as a human services major. He provides valuable information to incoming first year students that enable them to have a successful college career.

    Juan expects his students to learn and become disciplined in time management, and to know all of the incredible resources available to student at LaGuardia.



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    Lhamu Dolma Hyolmo

    lhyolmo@lagcc.cuny.edu




    Lhamu Dolma Hyolmo came to The United States in January 2016 at a very young age. Her previous university wanted her to change after her first semester because of her age. She feels lucky to have found CUNY LaGuardia as they accepted her transfer admission and gave her hope for a bright future. She used to sit in the corner of the class and be shy, but everything changed after her first semester. Her first semester gave her a hard time since she was trying hard to adapt to this big city where she almost lost the idea of who she was and what she was supposed to do with her life. 

    Through LaGuardia, she was able to meet so many people who were able to make significant changes in her life. CUNY schools are diverse, and she found herself within so many people's lives. She got a chance to represent LaGuardia in an international honor society called Phi Theta Kappa as a chapter secretary. Being a part of that community helped her to boost her self-confidence. Lhamu didn't want others to be like her and lose sight of themselves. So, she promised herself to make changes in people's lives.

    Lhamu worked as a peer advisor for business students for one semester. Currently, she works as a Student Success Mentor and wants to help students to excel in their first year. The only thing she always wants to share with her students is never to underestimate their abilities and encourage them to dare to dream more.

    LaGuardia was her home back then, but Lhamu graduated in August 2018 and then transferred to CUNY Baruch college where she is currently majoring in Accounting at the Zicklin School of Business. She aspires to become a Certified Public Accountant.







    Luis De la Cruz  was born in Venezuela but he was raised in Peru. He studied accounting for about 4 years in Lima, Peru but he wasn't able to complete his major for personal reasons. At the age of 22, he moved to New York City with many aspirations and he decided to study a new major which has become his passion: Civil Engineering.

    He graduated from LaGuardia Community College where he obtained his associate's degree in the Fall 2019. Now, he will start attending City College to pursue his bachelor degree. His dream job is to work for the Department of Transportation.

    As a SSM, his enthusiasm and optimism will be valuable to help, support, and guide new students. Also, he enjoys participating in different programs in and out of LaGuardia to keep learning and meeting new people. Now, he intends to share these experiences and opportunities to make  students succeed in both their professional and personal lives.



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    Luz Bueno

    lbueno@lagcc.cuny.edu



    Luz Bueno graduated from the Adult and Continuing Education High School Equivalency Program in Spring 2016. In Fall of 2016, she majored in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management. Because Luz was born in South America (Colombia), Spanish was her first language.

    The first obstacle she had to overcome was the language barrier, as well as mastering new computer skills. The first few years of her college career, Luz took all the ESL remedial courses she needed in order to move on to college-level writing. In Summer of 2017, Luz became a recipient of the Peter Jennings Fall scholarship.

    She was highly recommended from HSE Adult Continuing and education Program for her academic efforts and great GPA. In Spring 2018, she became a Student Fellow in the Adult and Continuing Education Program, where she helped educate students about Federal, State and community resources/opportunities at LaGuardia Community College.

    Through the Adult Continuing and Education Program Peer Mentor, Luz gained the necessary experience and skills to support other students. In Summer of 2019, she changed her major to Fine Arts because she wants to follow her passion for Fine Arts and receive an A.S. degree in Fine Arts. As a Student Success Mentor, Luz takes the opportunity to grow as a person, student and professional.

    Also to continue supporting students to connect with college resources and be successful in college. She does this with the hope that the students she mentors may also become peer role models to other students like them.



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    Kristina Graham

    kgraham@lagcc.cuny.edu



    Kristina Graham was born and raised in North Carolina and has now lived in Queens, NY, for over 10 years. She is currently studying Film and Television at LaGuardia Community College. Kristina hopes to continue gaining knowledge and experience in media-related fields.

    One of Kristina’s passions is storytelling;especially storytelling through the visual arts of photography and videography. She applies storytelling to share her interpretations of the world in general and complexities of human emotions in particular. Kristina’s aspirations range across several disciplines, such as media, counseling, and teaching.

    However, no matter what professional directions she pursues, Kristina’s hope as an SSM is to inspire students to be both passionate about discovering one’s own talents and also compassionate about difficult journeys of self-discovery that others take.


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    Mohammad Abdur Rahman

    mohamrahman@lagcc.cuny.edu




    Mohammad Abdur Rahman is an international student from Bangladesh, coming here in 2015 with the Presidential scholarship to the University of Bridgeport. After spending a year at UB, he transferred to CUNY LaGuardia Community College.

    He graduated from LaGuardia Community College with Communication Studies (Public Relations) Major in Spring 2018. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's at CUNY Baruch College in International and Intercultural Communication.

    After his Bachelor’s Mohammad, wants to earn his Master’s degree as well. With strong academic knowledge and vast experience in the International and Intercultural sectors, his plan is to work for global, international, multinational, or public organizations. Besides, he likes teaching and has plans to teach in his field of expertise in the future.

    Now, as a proud Student Success Mentor, his most fascinating experience about this SSM program is the engagement with a hugely diverse student body here at LaGuardia Community College. He wants to continue his journey as an SSM to shape the way for his students with the right direction and best instructions that will lead them to a successful College experience and prepare them for their careers.



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    Monami Nagai

    mnagai@lagcc.cuny.edu




    After working as a Brand Trainer, Monami realized that she needed a career change in order to fulfill her strong desire to help others. After becoming a Liberal Arts major in Spring 2018, she was able to find success as a student and find her path in life through the guidance of her professors and mentors at LaGuardia, where she graduated with High Honors in Spring 2019.

    She now attends Columbia University where she majors in Urban Studies. Eventually, Monami hopes to work in educational reform, because as a second-generation American who sometimes struggled in an education system that wasn’t made with her in mind and then as a student who thrived at LaGuardia, she knows that success comes readily when a system is designed to support you.

    As an SSM, she hopes to help new students feel supported so that they can reach their goals in the LaGuardia community.



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    Rahina Yeasmeen

    ryeasmeen@lagcc.cuny.edu



    Rahina Yeasmeen was born and raised in Bangladesh. She came to New York in October of 2010 with a high expectation of studying in a place where she could explore her intelligence. Being admitted at LaGuardia Community College helped her not only to pursue her ambition, but to survive and flourish.

    She graduated from LaGuardia on January 2015 with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. She is currently studying at Baruch College to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy. She is greatly motivated to inform students about different resources and options that can help them to be more knowledgeable and skillful.







    Rosa Guevara was born and raised in The Bronx. After seeing the system fail her family, she decided to become a reporter and shed light on important issues with her journalism skills.

    Currently a Journalism major, Rosa has valued each resource given to her in regards to her major. She is an active staff writer for her student newspaper, a member of LaGuardia’s Honors Internship Program, and had the opportunity to intern in the Spring of 2019 at NBC News - NBC Latino Additionally, , she has done freelancing work for local newspapers and hopes to continue that at Baruch College in Business Journalism with a minor in Public Relations.

    As an SSM, she is passionate in providing the same resources that we’re once given to her. Becoming compassionate about each student's journey and using that to identify as herself.


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    Samantha Perez

    saperez@lagcc.cuny.edu




    Samantha Perez came from the Philippines at the age of 4 and was raised all around New York City.  She is currently a Queens resident and is an avid activist in her community.

    After starting her family she continued her education and graduated with her associates from LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC) in High Honors (2019). She is currently pursuing her secondary degree in Healthcare Management at LAGCC. Doing so, will give her the opportunity to open a Wellness Center as an Art Therapist. The goal will be to have a center catering to the special needs community while being easily accessible to all demographics.

    Samantha strives to give back to her community. She was excited to apply to the SSM Program. Being an SSM will  allow her to help students access resources to better excel in their academic journey as well as learn integrative skills needed in future careers.







    Somi Ahmed was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is studying in Liberal Arts; Social Science and Humanities at LaGuardia Community College. She came to the U.S.A. in 2015, went to high school and graduated in 2017. She is a transfer student from a senior college. The reason she transferred colleges is because she did not get the motivation that she expected for the hard work that she was applying to her studies. In other words, she did not get the inspiration to keep her pushing forward. Then, she transferred to LaGuardia Community College. From the beginning to now, she worked hard and participated as much as possible. Somi participated in programs and organizations as the America Needs You Fellowship, Phi Theta Kappa, the CUNY Summer Corps, the e-Portfolio Scholars Program, the LaGuardia Library Research Contest, Asian American Voice Journal, the CUNY Service Corps- Puerto Rico, and was a Futures Initiative Leadership Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center. Also, she has participated in tabling events for the e-Portfolio showcase and much more.

    English is Somi’s second language but the language difficulty helped her to become who she is right now. She is incredibly grateful for the opportunities she has been offered in America. Coming from Bangladesh, it was difficult for her to meet new people and blend into the community.

    However, through support and help, she was able to become a part of the community. Somi believes in working hard, never giving up and being positive in every situation. Furthermore, she will finish her associate’s degree in Liberal Arts: Social Science and Humanities this Fall 2019, and she wants to transfer to a SUNY or a private university. Finally, at the end of the day her long-term goal to become an entrepreneur in her home country in Bangladesh.



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    Susana Alvis

    susyalvis@gmail.com




    Born and raised on the Atlantic coast of Colombia, Susana grew in her curiosity and love for languages and cultures beyond the frontiers of her country. She currently resides in New York City, where she is pursuing her Associate’s in English - Spanish Translation.

    Susana chose to study at LaGuardia Community College upon the recommendation of close friends and the good reputation that the college has. She expects to graduate in the Fall of 2019. Susana’s passion is to be able to help others, this is intertwined with her role as a Student Success Mentor.

    The opportunity to mentor fellow students and impact their academic experience in a positive way by sharing her own academic journey is something that motivates her. As she continues as an SSM, she aspires that her students will develop the boldness to ask questions, get involved in co-curricular activities, and to believe in themselves.



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    Tarrell McCall

    tmccall@lagcc.cuny.edu




    Tarrell McCall was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and after dropping out of High School, Tarrell was lost and didn’t know where to go next. In 2014, he attended a Christian youth group at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, where he rekindled his faith in God. Soon after, he decided to obtain his High Equivalency Diploma.

    He enrolled at LaGuardia Community College in the summer of 2018, where he discovered his love for mathematics. He is currently pursuing his Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts: Math & Science, with a concentration in Mathematics. A degree he dedicates to his grandmother, who passed in 2016.

    As an SSM, he hopes to inspire students to push themselves beyond the boundaries society has set for them and help them find the confidence to tackle any obstacle.



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    Unique Upreti

    uupreti@lagcc.cuny.edu




    Unique Upreti Born and raised in Nepal, Unique moved to the U.S. to pursue a better life. He graduated from LaGuardia in spring 2019 with an A.S degree majoring in Computer Science. He currently attends John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Information Security.

    He previously worked as a Peer Advisor at LaGuardia as well as a President’s Society member before joining the SSM team. Unique has a passion for helping others and in 2015 volunteered with the Nepal Red-Cross Society helping those affected by the devastating earthquake that struck his home country. He plans to use his computer science degree and interest in business to help him achieve his goal of becoming an entrepreneur as well as making an impact on the world.

    As an SSM, Unique plans to help new students by sharing his own knowledge and experiences to assist them in achieving their goals and graduating on time.



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    Zakia Mahabub

    zmahabub@lagcc.cuny.edu




    Zakia Mahabub was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She came to the United States of America along with her family as an immigrant in 2014. She graduated from LaGuardia Community College with an A.S majoring in Computer Science in Spring 2017. She now has transferred to the City College of New York to pursue her Bachelor's in Computer Engineering.

    She loves to meet new people and explore the world around her. She believes that our choices reflect what we truly are, rather than our abilities. Her passion for helping and motivating others led her to work as a Student Success Mentor at LaGuardia Community College. She believes that LaGuardia is a place of diversity. She wants to give back to this diverse community and admires to be a part of this institution.



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    Latchmie Kundan

    lkundan@lagcc.cuny.edu




    Latchmie was born in Manhattan, however, her parents originated in Guyana. She is currently studying Secondary Education at LaGuardia Community College. She plans to further her education by receiving a scholarship to NYU, or continuing at Hunter College or Queens College. She values education because her mother told her a statement that changed her perspective. “Anyone could take away your house or the clothes on your back. One thing they can’t take away from you is your education”.

    She devoted herself to her studies and took part in the ePortfolio Scholars program, the ePortfolio Showcase and she achieved a position as an SSM. She expects to guide first year college students on the road to success by sharing experiences, tips and teaching them how to expand their horizons. She hopes her students learn as long as they put their mind to it they can make their wildest dreams come true.



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    Adrian Gray





    Adrian Gray has been a LaGuardia student since the Fall 2019 semester. He is currently studying to earn an A.S. in Fine Arts Design Studies from LaGuardia Community College. Upon graduating, he hopes to continue his education at The Pratt Institute. Although it took a while for him to return to college, he supports the pursuit of higher education. It is this affinity for academia that has guided him to the SSM program, where he seeks to help first-year peers navigate college life.
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    Gabrielle Sarrubbo





    Gabrielle is a lifelong New York State resident, and came back to college as an adult after graduating from an acting conservatory in 2015. She is currently in her final semester at LaGuardia and plans to graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts: Secondary Education, with a concentration in English.

    fter her time at LaGuardia, Gabrielle is planning to attend Queens College, where she will finish her Bachelor’s Degree in English Education for 7-12th grades. Once completed, she plans to get a Master’s Degree in Theater Education and teach English and Drama to high school students. Gabrielle loves to read, write, and analyze literature, and has a knack for connecting with kids after being a nanny for over six years. After working as an actor, Gabrielle decided to switch gears and take to the academic side of the theater craft. Starting with English is her first step, and LaGuardia has been a wonderful place to start this new chapter. Acting and performance will always be a huge part of Gabrielle’s life, and she is excited to take this passion into a classroom and help her future students figure out what they are passionate about, even if it is not literature or theater.

    Gabrielle is very excited to be a part of the SSM team, and is looking forward to using her teaching skills to connect with her peers here at LaGuardia, and help them on their academic journeys in their First Year Seminar.



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    Akrm Ahmed





    Born and raised in New York City, an invested community member and leader, Akrm spends volunteers with various nonprofit organizations to encourage civic engagement. He has worked on social injustice issues such as worker's rights, fair wages, public housing, homelessness, economic development, and public health. With great intent to pursue a career in Civil Engineering, he is currently enrolled in LaGuardia Community College and plans to earn a Bachelor's and Master’s in the field. He works as an ASAP student ambassador recruiting students in the program to improve their chances at graduating, a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society, President's Society, and President's Society Environment. He facilitates multiple weekly seminars as a Student Success Mentor to help students better navigate the college environment and understand their disciplines. Outside of academia he’s a dedicated artist and enjoys participating in collaborative projects to uplift the greater community.


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    Omar Youssef





    Omar Youssef was born in Egypt but raised in Kuwait, a small country in the middle east, by two native Egyptian parents. Omar went to a private English school there and made good friends. It wasn’t until the age of 18 that Omar decided to pursue his academic goals in the US, New York as an international student, hoping for better opportunities and a better life. His main goal is to transfer to Hunter College and major in Human Anatomy in Spring 2022 and then hopefully apply to medical school. It is a daring dream, but Omar believes in shooting for the stars. Omar is thrilled in becoming an SSM to help and guide newly admitted students, as he is sure he will benefit significantly from such an experience.

    Aside from his academic life, Omar enjoys working out at the gym.



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    Tamim Khan





    Tamim Khan was born in Bangladesh but raised in Kuwait. He completed his high school in Kuwait, moved to America at the age of 20 and was admitted to LaGuardia Community College. He has been studying at LaGuardia for nearly two years,.Tamim is a member of the Red Hawk Engineering Club since Fall 2020 and has also been a part of the non Profit organization Hunger America to help people who are in need. He is planning to graduate with an Associate’s degree in Computer Science and hopefully transfer to John Jay College by Spring 2021. After, he is planning to pursue his Master’s degree in Computer Science with the future goal of getting a job at Google as an IT specialist.

    As an SSM, Tamim plans to help new students by sharing his own knowledge and experiences to assist them in achieving their goals and graduating on time.



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    Ioanna Odysseos





    Ioanna Odysseos was born and raised in Cyprus. She moved to New York City at the age of 18 as an international student at LaGuardia Community College. She is studying at LaGuardia Community College for 1 and a half years and she is planning to graduate with an Associate degree in Psychology in Spring 2021. Since Fall 2020 she was elected as the treasurer of the philosophy club at LaGuardia Community College and she is also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.

    After achieving her associate degree, Ioanna is planning to transfer to a four-year college within CUNY in order to achieve her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After that, she is planning to continue her studies and achieve her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Her future plans after her studies are to travel back to her home country and open her own office accepting her own patients.



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    Rubina Rahman





    Rubina Rahman was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She came to the USA in 2015. She initially started her college back in 2013. However, she could not continue for some circumstances. She wants to finish her college and educate herself in order to be a role model for her daughter.

    Rubina has started her college here in LaGuardia in Fall 2018 and hopes to finish her AS in spring 2021. She is a member of the ECLC Board of Directors and Phi Theta Kappa honors society. She wants to become a CPA and wants to open her own business one day.

    When she worked as an Office Assistant in the CUNY/Math Start Program, she got to know more about students and was able to help them. As she started her new journey as an SSM and she is hoping to help students with her knowledge of what she earned as a student.

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    Latchmie Dookie





    Latchmie Dookie is an international student studying at LaGuardia Community College. She is South Asian by descent but Guyanese by birth. She earned an associate degree in Education from the Cyril Potter College of Education in her home country. Dookie initially started her journey at LaGCC studying Psychology, however, her love for paper inspired her to take a creative risk and change her major. Dookie is currently pursuing an associate degree in Writing and Literature and hopes to complete her bachelor’s degree at Queens College. She believes we were all born with a purpose and intends to find hers.

    Dookie aims to utilize her prerequisite knowledge and experience in academia to maximize her productivity as a Student Success Mentor. She hopes to build a mutually beneficial relationship with her peers while actively enhancing their learning process.



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    Chole Frederick





    Chloe was born and raised in Saint Lucia. She spent much of her childhood exploring the mesmerizing scenery of the Caribbean. In 2016, she migrated to the United States to afford herself better opportunities. She is currently pursuing her education in the field of psychology at LaGuardia with intentions of transferring to Hunter College to complete her Master’s Degree.

    Chloe is the first generation in her immediate family to attend college. Chloe’s passion for mental health stems from her cultural background where it is stigmatized. Her career goal is to be a licensed clinical therapist in which she is eager to work with immigrants and others of backgrounds like her own.

    As an SSM, Chloe aims to establish trusting relationships with her mentees and shadow them through their first year at LaGuardia. In her first year, she was fearful of the uncertainty and the new college environment. Chloe left her FYS feeling confident. She hopes to instill such confidence in other students.



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    Aboubacar Traore





    Aboubacar was born in Mali, a West African country. He is a member of a small family with two little brothers. He studied at a Turkish school in Mali for his whole academic career. The school’s name was “College Horizon” then changed into “Ecole Turco-Malienne Maarif”. Aboubacar was very involved in his High School activities. After completing High School, He moved to the United States in December 2018 because he fell in love with the country since the time he used to come for vacations. Aboubacar is now studying at LaGuardia Community College, his major is Liberal Art Math and Science. He has been studying at LaGuardia for almost 2 years.

    Aboubacar decided to enroll at LaGuardia because he has some relatives who studied at LaGuardia and now excel in their professional careers. He hopes to be as good as them. After transferring to a 4 years college, Aboubacar wants to add Business to his academic career as a minor, he wants to learn entrepreneurship because he wants to start many businesses in the future.

    As an SSM Aboubacar is willing to share his college experience with empathy and enthusiasm. Aboubacar wants to be involved in the LaGuardia campus and interact with as many fellow students as possible.



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    Jesse Lliguichuzca





    Jesse was born and raised in the diverse borough of Queens, NY. He's the product of a Sicilian Mom and Ecuadorian Dad, which has given him an interesting perspective and outlook on everyday life, society, and the intricacies in between. Jesse started his journey at LaGuardia in 2018 as a Liberal Arts: Childhood Ed major, where after 2 years, he graduated in spring of 2020 with honors. He's currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at Hunter College in Sociology and childhood ed.


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    Alejandro Toro





    Born and raised in Caracas, Alejandro lived in Venezuela until 2016, when he moved to the United States of America. After traveling and working through different states, he decided to establish in New York City and pursue his dream of working in the international relations field. He decided to study International Studies at LaGuardia, driven by his interests in languages, multiculturality, diplomacy, social sciences, and travel., He seeks to become an agent of change both in local and international communities. He would like to become a human rights researcher. It is with great passion and determination that he chose to start his path at LaGuardia Community College.

    As an SSM, Alejandro expects to assist, mentor and help students through their journey at LaGuardia, while developing the communication, leadership, and organizational skills that will allow him to be a valuable asset in his future academic and professional endeavors.



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    Ritu Roy





    Born and raised with 2 Bangladeshi immigrant parents in New York City, Ritu studies Liberal Arts Math and Science at LaGuardia. She is planning to transfer to a 4-year program to study Math and Political Science, then striving for law school to become a lawyer.

    Through her upbringing in NYC, the arts were a dominant force in her life. As she did singing, dancing, writing, some acting in both Bengali and English. She also loves photography and fashion. The time in her high school Civic Leadership Academy, not only made her realize her love for STEM but advocating for social issues as she won the Public Advocate award in 2018.

    As an SSM, Ritu is dedicated to motivating students to realize they can achieve their goals no matter what obstacle. As an SSM, seeing her students succeed motivates her to become a better individual as well.