Today’s Reflection

My Journey

My Journey began many years ago, all the way in the back of a classroom. Always hiding, always a shadow. Smart, but lacking confidence, too afraid to raise a hand, to afraid to ask or answer a question.

My first college experience wasn’t too good. Yes, I walked away with a degree but it was the wrong field. I didn’t do too well. I was never confident enough to pursue that field. I wound up taking one nowhere job after another. There was really no meaning to these jobs for me. I had been given an opportunity to return to school and something instinctively kept telling me to go back and try again. My return started out the same as my earlier experience, still a major lack of confidence, but I was in a field of interest. As my journey in Kingsborough Community College deepened, I came across faculty who saw something more in me. They pushed and encouraged me to get that inner voice to come out. I began to feel more confident and would say “wow someone wants to hear what I have to say or know how I feel”.

I found myself slowly inching my way to the front of the room. I felt enough confidence to answer a question if called upon. The encouragement continued and my progression from the back of the room to the front had followed. Through reflections and journal keeping, reading feedback on my papers, or just verbal praise, something clicked.

My major turnaround was when I began my first Domestic Violence Prevention Internship. Myself and fellow interns were instructed to create a presentation that would be effective in educating my peers as to the dangers of DV, as well as the warning signs. For the first time I was actually free to create something that would give my life a little meaning. This could help save someone, I would think to myself. After a few days, I looked at my fellow interns and began to feel that I wasn’t alone anymore. I saw they shared the same passion as I had to help others. With the encouragement from my professor, I joined Project A.C.E. as president. Who would have thought little ole me from the back of the room, president. My confidence rose higher, I felt a change in me. Without even realizing I slowly lead the internship, took an interest in promoting my new-found cause by creating brochures to be given out at the presentations, and revealed things about myself I never told anyone. I was shocked to see how quickly my fellow interns opened up as well. This took our presentation to a whole new direction, it was now filled with true experiences that made it more authentic. Throughout my internship, the professor kept encouraging us to be ourselves and express what we felt. We received praise, and at times comments of amazement for what we had done.

I remember after my first presentation for the first time I felt a true sense of pride and purpose. I saw most of my brochures disappear into the hands of my peers.I remember even having the courage to reveal that a story I told the audience was about me. This truly was an amazing experience.

I now only sit in the front of the room, eager to learn and participate in questions. It’s a huge change for me, having grown up with really no self-confidence or self-worth, no matter how I tried, I was never good enough. My life had really no meaning or purpose, my career choice was hidden away and many wrong choices have been made. I found because of the college faculties guidance and encouragement, I was able to find clarity as to what I really wanted to do and no fear of another wrong choice, and I now have a real sense of meaning and purpose in my life, as well as career decision, in every essence I found my voice.

On May 22, 2014 I stood up in front of peers and professionals and presented at an international conference, which is an illustration of the change in myself that brought about by faculty encouragement trust and confidence. Never would I have even dreamed that I would be writing about how much this experience has changed my life for the better, never mind being able to share it in front of a crowded room. Thank you for listening to my story.

Written by: Kristina Yiannaki

 

Mental Health, Concentration: Domestic Violence

Professor: Dr. Charles Guigno

Today’s Reflection

Prior to tutoring the basketball team, I felt a bit nervous. I wasn’t sure if I was good enough to help others with their papers. I wasn’t sure how the atmosphere would be, nor was I sure about how they would react to my help. I didn’t want this experience to seem as a punishment for either of us, and it wasn’t.

This program turned out to be the opposite of what I expected; it gave me a chance to interact with other members of the Kingsborough community, it allowed me to lend a helping hand though something I love which is reading and writing. This experience allowed me to practice editing, whether it’s my own assignment or someone else’s, it allowed me to learn and improve the common mistakes I make myself. This also made it easier because we are learning together and that to me is one of the best ways to learn. Another thing I enjoyed was the fact that every week we had a new partner. Not only does it allow us to meet new people but it also gives the team the option of picking the tutor they are most comfortable with.

This whole experience taught me how important and exciting it is to help one another and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

-Kristal Lewis

Journalism student at Kingsborough Community College

Professor: Patrick Hickey & Frank Percaccio

Thank a Veteran Today- Here’s our thanks from Kingsborough to all our our Vet’s

Attention Kingsborough military members, reservists, veterans and their dependents,

We would like to thank you for your service and continued dedication to this country. Now, let us serve you.

The link below is a video that Student Affair’s put together to commemorate and celebrate YOU!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8ehc8ir3ol082ws/KCC%20H.264%20SEQ%20SETTING%20EXPORT.mov

Please join us today in celebrating your service to our country! We have placed American flags by the memorial outside of the breezeway to signify the 250 veterans we have on campus.

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Also, please visit the cafeteria bulletin board. We have created a map of America for students to place an X in the locations where you or your family members are currently deployed, stationed, or may have served. 

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I would also like to offer a special Thank you to our Kingsborough staff who made it possible for the rest of us to support and give the thanks to our veterans they deserve

Peter Cohen, Dean of Student Affairs

 Brian Mitra, Associate Dean

Marisa Joseph, Associate Director of Career Services

Alexandra McDonald, Veteran Liaison Coordinator

Peaches Diamond, Certifying Officer and Veterans Program Specialist

and all the point of contacts of the students affairs Department

HEALTHY LIVING SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Service-learning opportunities combine experiential learning and service to the community, allowing Kingsborough students to become active participants in a unique learning process. Through this particular opportunity, students will receive firsthand experience working with elderly individuals at a local Senior Center in Brooklyn. Students will have the opportunity to engage seniors in a broad range of skill-building experiences by developing activities and educational workshops.

QUALIFICATIONS: This opportunity is open to any student enrolled at or graduated from Kingsborough Community College. Students from all majors are welcome to participate, however students should demonstrate an interest in one or more of the following fields: healthcare (i.e., pre-clinical, nursing), mental health, psychology, sociology, social science, public health, culinary arts, or art (i.e., fine arts, graphic design). Students must also be dedicated to community outreach and personal-development.

BENEFITS:
• Offers the opportunity to apply your knowledge and interests to real life experiences in the community.
• Provides a chance to gain knowledge and expertise from the community.
• Allows for exploration of career options.
• Facilitates the development of contacts within the community and your field of interest.
• Gain invaluable skills that are transferable to the workforce.
• Develop connections with people of diverse cultures and lifestyles.
• Provides legitimate workplace experience that can strengthen your resume.

REQUIREMENTS: Students must attend all workshops on the following days:

All Meetings are on Thursday, 10- 12noon

• October 3
• October 10
• October 24
• November 7
• November 14
• November 21 – Day of event 12- 4PM

HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Students interested in participating should visit C-102 or contact Mandy Fraley or Kali Rowe at (718) 368- 5115/5656. Students can also sign up via email at servicelearning@kbcc.cuny.edu. Please provide us with your full name, major, and contact information. The last day to sign up is Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Healthy Living through Arts & Education- Summer Service Opportunity 2013

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Service-learning opportunities combine experiential learning and service to the community, allowing Kingsborough students to become active participants in a unique learning process. Through this particular opportunity, students will receive firsthand experience working with elderly individuals at a local Senior Center in Brooklyn. Students will have the opportunity to engage seniors in a broad range of skill-building experiences by developing activities and educational workshops.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:  This opportunity is open to any student enrolled at Kingsborough Community College. Students from all majors are welcome to participate, however students should demonstrate an interest in one or more of the following fields: healthcare (i.e., pre-clinical, nursing), mental health, psychology, sociology, social science, public health, culinary arts, or art (i.e., fine arts, graphic design). Students must also be dedicated to community outreach and personal-development.

BENEFITS:

  • Offers the opportunity to apply your knowledge and interests to real life experiences in the community.
  • Provides a chance to gain knowledge and expertise from the community.
  • Allows for exploration of career options.
  • Facilitates the development of contacts within the community and your field of interest.
  • Gain invaluable skills that are transferable to the workforce.
  • Develop connections with people of diverse cultures and lifestyles.
  • Provides legitimate workplace experience that can strengthen your resume.

 

REQUIREMENTS: The Service-Learning department will be holding three workshops at the end of July to review the program, provide students with information regarding the community partner, and develop program activities for the seniors. These workshops will allow students enough time to practice with other service-learning volunteers and prepare for the educational activities with which they will engage the senior residents. Workshops are mandatory and will be held on the following days:

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013
  • Thursday, July 25, 2013
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2013
  • Thursday, August 1, 2013

 

SIGN UP ASAP

HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Students interested in participating should visit C-102 or contact Mandy Fraley or Kali Rowe at (368) 718-5115. Students can also sign up via email at servicelearning@kbcc.cuny.edu. Please provide us with your full name, major, and contact information. The last day to sign up is Monday, July 22, 2013.

 

 

You’re Invited

Service through ART

Please Join Us!

This years Annual Service Through Art Gallery will display the work of Illustration & Design students who have built their skills and explored diverse ways to spread awareness and connect with their community.

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This years focus:

Domestic Violence

Thank you, Charles Guigno and Project A.C.E for your dedication, knowledge and inspiration.

LGBTQA issues in the community

Kelly Herbert, Pace University, LGBTQA & Justice Center; Here’s to a new collaboration!

Hunger

Kingsborough and Oxfam, the Hunger Banquet has made all of us advocates against hunger – Don’t forget to visit this years Banquette  (April 30th from 12:40- 2:50 in the Mac Rotunda)

Thank you Professor Maggie Reddan, Art Department, for giving this opportunity to your students and allowing them to touch all of us through their amazing work.

http://new.evite.com/#view_invite:eid=028FMDVWTUTCHIYKIEPCSWB4WGZMSA

Simply go to the link above and RSVP

Brooklyn’s Kingsborough ranked third best Community College in the Nation

Yes, we’ve done it and everyone’s talking about it.

http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2013/03/kingsborough-community-college-named-third-best-in-the-nation/

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/brooklyn-kingsborough-ranked-best-community-college-nation-article-1.1293293?localLinksEnabled=false

The Article from The Daily News:

Brooklyn’s only community college has been named one of the nation’s best.

Kingsborough Community College was tapped as the third best community college in the country by the Aspen Institute, a leading philanthropic think tank.

The Manhattan Beach school ranked above a pool of more than 1,000 community colleges across the country because of its high rate of transfers to four-year college’s among its largely minority student base, Aspen Institute officials said.

Sixty percent of the school’s students transfer to four-year colleges, which is more than double the 26% national average.

“That’s because we work really hard with our students,” said Kingsborough president Regina Peruggi.

“Our students go to lots of the CUNY units, and we’ve also been very successful getting them into private colleges with scholarships.”

That includes Caitlin Orzech-Byrnes, 22, who plans to transfer to a four-year college next year.“Probably Hunter or Brooklyn College,” she said, raving about her time at Kingsborough.

The Aspen Institute reviewed every college’s graduation rate-especially among minority and low-income students-and the number of students who found jobs after graduating.

Kingsborough students earn about $41,000 a year five years after graduating. In addition, 61 percent of first-time students receive national Pell grants, and 64% of the 39,000 students annually are people of color.

The award comes with a $100,000 prize, which will be used to support the school’s scholarship fund.

The top two schools tied for first and were awarded $400,000. They are Santa Barbara City College in California and Walla Walla Community College in Washington.

Deputy Mayor Robert Steel is a member of the institute’s board of trustees and senior management.

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Dr. Jill Biden and Dr. Regina Peruggi, president of Kingsborough Community College. Credit: Patrice Gilbert/Courtesy: The Aspen institute

Money Management for Parents -n- Kids

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

Money Management for Parents & Kids is a Service Opportunity available to all KCC students and alumni though the Service Learning Program at KCC.

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This service opportunity is in collaboration with Junior Achievement of New York, the Business Department, The Men’s Resource Center, and The Service- Learning Program.

We will be using amazing, fun and colorful education materials created by Junior Achievement to work with children from third to fifth grade about financial literacy, which is called “More Than Money”.

Some students will work with our participating Business Professor and help her, while she educated the parents on another level of financial literacy.

Giving families something to talk about when they go home- Money Management for Parents and Kids.

If you’re interested we have two information session available, Thursday, March 21  at 2pm and 3pm. Please call you Service- Learning Counselor to secure a spot at the information session.

JA for a Day- Sign up for Spring 2013

Once again the time has come for KCC to team up with Junior Achievement.

Sign up by Thursday, March 14th

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We’re looking for students interested in joining us in teaching the first grade at PS/IS 206 the value of family. The materials have been created and prepared for you by Junior Achievement and we need you to use these tools to teach our young people.

This semester we’ll be Training on the following days:

Meeting 1: Friday, March 15th from 11am- 2:30pm- On campus

Meeting 2: Friday, March 22 from 11am- 2pm – On campus

Meeting 3: Friday, March 29th from 11am- 2pm- On campus

The event JA for a Day will take place on Friday, April 5th from 8:30am- 2pm – Site visit

and we will meet for one last meeting on:

Reflection: Friday, April 19th for reflection from 12noon- 2pm- On campus

If you would like to sign up or have questions about this or any other project, please contact your SL counselor, Mandy Fraley @ (718) 368- 5656 or visit room C-102.

If you’re interested in what other students had to say about their experience you can find JA reflections here on our blog, search reflections.

“We then wrapped up our assignments as the kids waved by to us. Overall, I walked in that classroom very nervous and in the end, walked out of there very confident. I wouldn’t mind doing it again because it was a fun interesting day. Personally, standing in front of a classroom and teaching them has helped me develop my communication skills, confidence, and gave me a glimpse of how it feels to be a teacher.”

-Sam Haider (Junior Achievement, Fall 2012)

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After participating and completing this and any other project through our program you will be invited to our Recognition Ceremony  where you will be recognized for your service to our community.

Continue to visit our blog to see what’s new.