City Campus has the perfect program to prepare me for the Teaching program at Buffalo State College. The department heads and administrators were accessible, and there are so many services and programs for my needs. All I had to do was ask, and I was pointed in the right direction. I realized that this was a place where if I spoke up for myself, I could get what I needed and I could be heard.
I cannot say enough about the English Skill Center, Math Center and the language lab. These three resources have text books for your classes, student and faculty tutors, computers and software, and are great places to work. Regarding the ESC, you can go there for any writing, whether it is in MLA or APA format, or a resume. The academic support centers are among the most vital in the college because almost every academic need for any student can be met there. Each session is based on the individual student’s needs and pace.
I like meeting students who aren’t interested in just the prestige and reputation of other schools; students who have may not have it all figured out, but know that they are making the most of their time. I like that students who struggle with jobs, family, language barriers, and transportation can be recognized and rewarded for their hard work. I love City Campus, and the fact that amidst the hustle and bustle, there is always a place to get away from it all and find some peace and quiet on campus.
So far, my favorite class was “African-American History” with Dr. Cosby. The class had an interesting structure: Dr. Cosby encouraged a lot of group discussion, sometimes with passionate debates—but when he lectured, you could hear a pin drop. Dr. Cosby took us on multiple trips to see speakers and told us about historical people as if he knew them personally, and contemporary people that we wanted to meet. He was careful never to be too political or personal, and often held his biases, which helped us students form our own opinions.
When I finish the teacher training program here, I plan to go to Buffalo State for my master's in teaching. Fresh out of school I plan to travel and teach English abroad, and when I come home, I will join Teach for America and work nationally in different educational crises. Long-term I plan to find a community center here in Buffalo that holds enrichment classes for student, and teacher training. Bill Strickland, founder of Manchester-Bidwell in Pittsburgh, is an example of this goal.
City Campus is my training ground. I get to help people every day working in the English Skills Center. I meet people who have moved from all over the world on this campus. I see administration in the hallways and can speak openly with them. Most importantly, I work with teachers and fellow students who share my drive to “capture the ocean in a shot glass.” My classes are not just lectures and readings, but real practice for my field, and real opportunities to network and advocate for myself.
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I chose to attend ECC because I really loved the small class sizes and the one-on-one attention you receive from professors and faculty. Because the classes are smaller you have the opportunity to really get involved with the class instead of just being another student in a huge lecture hall. Another reason I love ECC is the great education you get for an even better price.
What I like best about ECC is the tight-knit community. All of the professors go above and beyond to make sure you are succeeding by giving you one-on-one help if you need it. The school has tons of services to help students succeed in any way possible. I also love the activities on campus; they help students become more involved in student life so everyone feels included in a positive and fun atmosphere.
ECC has many services that are designed to help students. The services that I actively use are the library, Math and English tutoring labs, as well as the Educational Opportunity Program. In 2007 I got my GED through the Pathways department here at ECC, and then in 2012 I did the six-week long summer Pre-Collegiate Studies Program for math and English. The Pre-Collegiate Program really helped me to prepare for the placement test as well as my classes. I met a lot of new friends as well as professors that I still see and talk to today. It was a great experience for me. They helped me with the application process and financial aid. They also helped me apply for the Educational Opportunity Program. Being a part of the Educational Opportunity Program has given me great pride in my academic achievements. I’ve been awarded with a certificate for academic excellence at their honors convocation on several occasions. Being a part of their program has given me the inspiration to continue my education.
Another one of the great services that I have had the privilege of being involved in has been becoming a Student Ambassador. I get to work with my peers while helping students and prospective students. We do tours, charities, events, as well as giving general information to whoever needs it. It’s an extremely rewarding job. Knowing that we’ve helped students become more informed about the services that ECC offers, and helping them ease into campus life with little stress. Nothing feels better than knowing that we are here to help students with anything they may need.
I’ve had several amazing teachers here, but my favorite class that I have taken is Accounting Principles I with Dr. Eagan. Dr. Eagan went above and beyond to make sure we understood the material he taught. He walked us through the examples and made sure we understood it. On several occasions Dr. Eagan would come to school on a Saturday to do a review class for our upcoming exam. You won’t find many people with the type of dedication towards his students that Dr. Eagan has. Dr. Eagan’s class was the reason why I decided to continue my education towards a degree in accounting.
My Business Law Professor Attorney Kazlowski gave our class the best advice this past semester. She said, “Intelligence is fifteen percent of you being successful in your life, and the other eighty-five percent is perseverance. If you can persevere in life, work hard, and continue having a positive attitude, than you will be successful”. I would have to agree with her. Many people succeed because they work hard and don’t give up on their goals. My advice to any student would be to have a positive attitude, don’t give up on your goals no matter how hard they seem, and always ask for help the support services are there if you need it.
After I get my associates degree from ECC I plan on transferring to a four-year college, where I will get my bachelor’s degree in accounting. From there I will go on to the graduate level and work towards getting my CPA. My future career goal is to work in an accounting firm, and later on owning my own business.
Aside from being an older student and a military veteran, I’m also a writer and a published author. I have one more year left before completing my A.S. Degree in Mental Health – Substance Abuse Counseling. After graduating, I hope to work with at-risk teenagers who are involved with drugs and/or alcohol-related issues. I really enjoy being a mentor and a youth advocate for the at-risk youth population. Also I would like to finish my fifth novel.
Treatment Populations was my favorite class at ECC because we got to discuss and explore what types of people may get involved with alcohol and substance abuse. It was an eye-opening experience, especially if you’re not a drinker or don't use drugs.
Being around such a diverse student population consisting of numerous ethnic backgrounds has helped me as a writer and future counselor by allowing me to see things from different points-of-view.
What I like best about ECC is its flexible class hours, especially those class hours beginning at 6 p.m. The evening class hours are perfect for me as a writer. It gives me the freedom during the day to tackle the manuscript for my next novel.
I’ve come to know that a lot of students at ECC are not seeking or applying for some of the numerous scholarships that are offered. So I would tell prospective students to check out the new scholarship booklet when it comes out.
I enjoy the Veterans’ Break Room on City Campus' fifth floor. Also I love the open computer lab's extended hours. Both of these are extremely helpful to me because I’m a military veteran and an older ‘non-traditional’ student who really appreciates a quiet place to escape when campus life gets too overwhelming.
Receiving my three academic awards is my greatest achievement at ECC. In May 2013, I was awarded The David R. Conley Memorial Perseverance Scholarship. In February 2014, I was honored for making the Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 semester. And on May 2, 2014, I was received the Hank Pirowski Scholarship and the David R. Conley Memorial Perseverance Scholarship for the second time. The College recognized all the recipients at the Annual Scholarship Luncheon. The scholarship luncheons really made me feel as though I truly belong at ECC.