by Yasmine Alwan on February 24, 2015 in LEC Scholars with No Comments »
When I was unable to find a good paying job with my Associate’s degree in Business Management, I decided to enroll back in school. There was a college fair at my previous college, and I met a representative from MCNY there. I picked MCNY because the classes are smaller, and the schedule is flexible — I’m a mother of three. I was born in Jamaica and I immigrated here when I was nine. My goal is to complete my Bachelor’s degree and start my business afterwards – I would like to start a transportation company.
by Yasmine Alwan on July 24, 2014 in LEC Scholars with No Comments »
What brought me to MCNY was conflict, failure, a lack of confidence, no sense of direction and an overall loss of self. Growing up in Bushwick, Brooklyn, I did not feel that others expected me to be successful and education was not emphasized. I was surrounded by drugs, gangs and violence. In 2013, I packed up and moved to Georgia in an attempt to reestablish my life. I moved into a suburban neighborhood with a friend who was very encouraging about the importance of an education and he took me around to colleges. We had an apartment together, but I didn’t have a driver’s license which was basically a necessity. I decided to come back to New York because of my financial situation, family and the convenience of transportation. I came to MCNY to better myself and to be a role model for my nieces and nephews. My passion for helping people drew me the human services program.