factors led you to decide to attend Hudson County Community College?
helped me decide to attend HCCC over other schools was the large
variety of majors and clubs the school offers. I was a little unsure
of what academic path I wanted to follow, and the counseling and
advising team at HCCC does a great job of leading and motivating
students to success.
is your favorite memory of the College, in or out of the classroom?
of my favorite memories at HCCC was when I took Intro to theatre with
Professor Joseph Gallo, and he made it possible for the entire class
to attend a Broadway show in NYC as one of our assignments. It was a
great experience for us students to do some learning and fun outside
of the classroom.
did you become interested in Business?
was originally a Theatre major because I do have a passion for
performing arts, but I joined the Business and Accounting club when I
first came to HCCC and that really gave me some great insight into
what I wanted to do in my career. I chose to major in Business
Administration because I discovered that I wanted to work with
numbers, money, and risk decision making in a finance career.
did your time at HCCC prepare you for your career/ life now?
of the students who attend HCCC are juggling lots of different
challenges in their lives such as jobs, children, and family
responsibilities. HCCC’s curriculum is designed to teach students
to be hardworking, dedicated, and responsible while still being
flexible enough to fit the busy lifestyle of its students. I feel
like I left HCCC more prepared to venture out into the world with the
tools to be a successful student as well as professional.
is a typical work day for you?
am a full-time undergraduate student at the Rutgers-Newark Business
School, and I also work as a receptionist at a fitness center. A
typical day for me is waking up in the morning for class at 9 a.m.
until about 3 p.m., and then heading straight to work in the evening
throughout the workweek. I try and do a lot of my studying and
homework on campus between classes in order to stay on track.
has been the most memorable project/case you have worked on?
a part of the Goldman Sachs Local College Collaborative program was
one of the most exciting and rewarding opportunities I had while I
was a student at HCCC. I learned so much about what I wanted out of
my future as a professional, and also developed relationships with
fellow students and mentors that will last a lifetime.
are your biggest inspirations that have impacted your work in some
faculty at HCCC is made up of an amazing group of professors and
advisors who are always more than happy to help students and answer
any questions they may have. Personally, Professor Robert Alvarez was
one of my biggest motivators at HCCC. He always challenged me to do
my best work in class, and even held me to it when I didn’t. Also
the way he combined his professional background in investments and
hedge funds with the economics curriculum helped spark my interest in
a finance career.
advice would you give to recent HCCC graduates?
proud of what you have accomplished at HCCC, and use the knowledge
and connections that you have made to be successful in whatever your
next step is.
advice do you have for those students who are just starting their
is a journey, not a destination. HCCC is a place where you can begin
that journey and get more than an education, but an experience that
will really help shape your career goals, as well as the person you
want to be. Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy yourself along