Shon Roberson

Shon Roberson


Class of: 2017
Degree Program: Business Administration

What factors led you to decide to attend Hudson County Community College?
What 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.

What is your favorite memory of the College, in or out of the classroom?
One 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.

How did you become interested in Business?
I 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.

How did your time at HCCC prepare you for your career/ life now?
Many 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.

What is a typical work day for you?
I 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.

What has been the most memorable project/case you have worked on?
Being 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.

Who are your biggest inspirations that have impacted your work in some way?
The 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.

What advice would you give to recent HCCC graduates?
Be 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.

What advice do you have for those students who are just starting their college careers?
Success 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 the way!