What factors led you to decide to attend Hudson County Community College?
Honestly, at the time I had just left an abusive relationship, I was trying to find who I was again, kind of like reinvent myself but a better version of who I was before. As I was walking on Journal Square, I saw this big brown building which read Hudson County Community College (this is before the new building was finish) I thought to myself “is it really a college right here?” I continued walking to the bus station and as I was waiting for the bus, I notice all the billboards with pictures of students from HCCC. I went home and did some further research on the school and realize it was an actual College in such a convenient location! After reading some reviews and acquiring information from the school website I was convince that HCCC was the school for me, but I know the main factor for my decision was the convenience of the location of the main campus.
What is your favorite memory of the College, in or out of the classroom?
I don’t have just one favorite memory; I have an entire semester and my favorite semester was Spring 2016 when I enrolled in Dr. Nabil Marshood's Religion and Society course. Dr. Marshood not only kept myself, but the whole entire class was captivated with his knowledge and wisdom in which he presented in this course. For the first time I was able to produce my own views and not just reiterate what I was taught from a child. The knowledge in which I acquired from Dr. Marshood course; I actually still hold with me today.
How did you become interested in your major?
I became interested in my major because at the time I was thinking of having a career as a social worker, and after some research I decided sociology would be the best major for myself.
How did your time at HCCC prepare you for your career/ life now?
I would have to say HCCC definitely prepared me for the workload at NJCU, when professors at HCCC would tell me “wait until you get to the university level, the workload is twice as much” they were being 100% honest. I am glad I did start off my educational journey at HCCC because it helped me when not only at NJCU but in my life overall, the courses challenged me mentally but it also pushed me to not look at the world as it was given to me.
What is a typical work day for you?
This semester has been hectic trying to manage work, school, and my field internship was extremely difficult at times. I had to be at class 9 a.m. most mornings, three days out the week after class I would go to my internship at NJCU women’s center, get home cook try to spend some time with my children and then go to work overnight.
What has been the most memorable project/case you have worked on?
I would have to say my most memorable project would have to be for my Religion and Society course with Dr. Marshood. My project which was a short paper and a class presentation, topic was on Religion and the African/Black American culture; Mainly focusing on Christianity. I did extensive research on Christianity and how that religion in particular affected the African/Black American from slavery up unto now. I collected a lot of eye-opening information which was not only useful for my project, I actually still refer to majority of the information I gather from my project often.
Who are your biggest inspirations that have impacted your work in some way?
- My Children First and foremost. I’aja and Ashton are the two people who have showed me the true definition of unconditional love.
- Dr. Nabil Marshood saw something in me through my work that I didn’t see in myself at the time. He motivated me, encourage me and honestly if he didn’t tell me to keep going, I probably would have not pursued my bachelor’s degree.
- Venida Rodman-Jenkins is the true definition of a phenomenal women; I hope to be as beautiful on the outside and inside as she is and has been to me someday.
And last but not least My Mother Sylvia Warren, she is the strongest women I know, and has instilled in me her strength and perseverance.
What advice would you give to recent HCCC graduates?
My advice to the recent HCCC graduates first I would say “Congratulations, Graduate! You have accomplished a major milestone in your life that no one can ever take from you. I hope your experience at HCCC has broaden your horizon and most importantly that you don’t stop here, keep going! Keep pursuing your dreams, your goals and education.”
What advice do you have for those students who are just starting their college careers?
My advice for the students who are just starting their college journey is: it won’t be an easy journey, but it will be a worth it journey. The day you walk across the stage you will realize all the hard work, tears, and sacrifice was all worth it for that moment.