What have you been up to since graduation?
Since I graduated from MCC in 2015, I have transferred to Rutgers – New Brunswick to complete my Bachelor’s in Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy. During the summer of 2017, I was a Research & Development intern at Colgate-Palmolive working for the Statistics Department. Colgate has since taken me on as a year-round intern where I now perform Flavor Analysis.
What is one of your greatest achievements since graduating from MCC?
My greatest achievement since graduating MCC is acquiring my internship at Colgate-Palmolive. It is an amazing chance to get ahead professionally, learn about how versatile my degree can be, and make connections within the industry.
What is your fondest memory of MCC?
My fondest memory of MCC is when I presented at the Spring 2015 Science Symposium on the “Physics of Photosynthesis.” The presentation itself went extremely well and I had so much support from my mentors who assisted me with the project. It was such an honor to work with them and to present not only to them, but also the Dean and President of the College.
What was your favorite place on campus, why?
My favorite place on campus was the Instructional Resource Center (IRC). I loved the ability to reserve a room for a couple of hours with use of the whiteboards. I spent many hours there studying for my exams, both by myself and with groups.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
My favorite professor was Dr. Reginald Luke from the Mathematics Department. I had him for Calculus 3 and Intro to Linear Algebra and I don’t think I would have done nearly as well if he was not a great professor. He made everything so understandable and acted as somewhat of a mentor to me even after I left MCC. I always knew I could come back for his help.
If you could offer a current MCC student advice, what would it be?
The best advice I can give any MCC student is to not rush through their degree at MCC and take advantage of all the resources available. When I first started at MCC, I was so eager to just move on, but with time and the support of my peers, I found that MCC had so much more to offer than just a degree. I found my passion for the sciences at MCC which, in turn, set the foundation for the rest of my educational career. I would encourage students to engage with their professors and get involved on campus. Most importantly, experiment with different fields and choose something you love. Even though it took me three years to attain my degree, it was worth it to find what I really wanted to do.
Why was attending MCC the right decision for you?
At first, MCC didn’t seem like the right decision for me. I wasn’t too sure I even wanted to go to school. However, with a lot of guidance and self-growth, I realized that getting my degree at MCC was the best decision I could have made. The professors were beyond compare, the financial assistance helped me get the education I needed, and the support I had from my peers pushed me to be the best version of myself. MCC did a lot for me and for that, I will always be grateful.