What I Didn't Think Was Going To Happen

If you were to tell me that I was going to like being back in school, I would have told you that you were crazy!  I was unemployed and got a grant to take some classes and decided to take the training classes at a college. Lehman College was on the list as part of a government grant training program. Mary Dowling was the first person I met and she became one of my biggest motivators. She looked at me and said that "you seem to be taking classes here and there, why don't you try to go to...

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5 Years and Off

I have spent 9 semesters at Lehman, and I AM FINALLY GOING GRADUATE!  But I am glad that I ended up at Lehman. My experiences have been great. As a freshman, I knew I wanted to go into political science and save the world, but joining Student Government actually got me working. It helped me realize that networking has the word "work" in it for a reason. Since I was able to get to know so many people and organizations, I was able to create my own major, study abroad on a full scholarship, and...

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Out From Plato's Cave Movie Demo

You know when you suddenly realize something profound about your life or life itself and then you realize that before that moment you were in darkness, it was like you had been in a cave? And now you’re making a different decision than you’d planned on or even imagined? That’s what Out From Plato’s Cave is about:
--what happens to you when you really learn, not just go through the motions
--how ‘stepping out of the cave’ changes you and your life as you knew it
--What you leave behind and...

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Lehman L.I.F.E. Goes to South Africa!

After a long week in Johannesburg, South Africa, we finally got a little down time on June 10; enough time to share some of our wonderful experiences with all of you back home. The essence of Lehman L.I.F.E. is volunteering and trying to make a difference in the lives of others; I believe we did that during our volunteer experiences at two places here in South Africa: Nkosi's Haven, a center for children women and children with HIV/AIDS; and the Alexandra Society for the Aged, which despite...

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Transfer Student Blues

I am a transfer student from Bronx Community College. My major is Social Work and my minor is History. When I first came to Lehman, I thought that everything would run smoothly because I did my research and Lehman was a good school. I learned that if you want something, you better make some noise because I was tired of being told "that is how things are" or "there is nothing else to be done."  Attending Lehman College has had a definite impact on my public speaking skills. I have learned how...

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Cheated But Not Robbed

I am in an auditorium of Fordham University, sitting in one of the front rows. I sit in my silky white gown, feeling anxious of what I have to do- give a valedictorian speech in front of the audience filled with school faculty members, proud parents, family members, and friends. But though I was nervous, I felt honored to be given the title of the top student in my high school senior class  And if that was not enough, I was accepted into three of my desired colleges, Maryland Institute of...

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I thought I was a Loser

I thought I was a loser.

I dropped out of high school in my senior year in 1982 and worked construction for years in Alphabet City renovating apartments for people who lived in a world I only dreamed about.

In 1988 I moved back in with parents in the Bronx at the age of twenty five to try to make something of myself. I made it through undergrad in about three years because of the support and help and excellence of the people who work at Lehman.

The people in financial aid made sure I had the...

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I'm going to miss this place...

In 2006, I was graduating from another college with my associate's degree. With no real plan other than the idea of wanting to study journalism at Lehman College, I honestly couldn't wait to begin my journey. Many people would think I am saying this to boost egos--but I've had some of the best professors, my most favorite being Professor O'Hanlon. I took about three or four courses with him, and learned so much that I try to incorporate into whichever field of journalism I pursue. Each time a...

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Help Desk Experience

Getting a job at a Help Desk is frequently the entry level job in your IT career. As a Computer Information Systems (CIS) major at Lehman working for the Help Desk is giving me the opportunity to gain valuable experience before I graduate and enter the workforce. It is essential to be knowledgeable in computers, software, hardware, and common products. I have recognized that customer service skills are essential in this position, and are a determining factor in one’s effectiveness and overall...

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Lehman College: Opportunity Abounds Here

Three years ago, I was a veteran and single mother of three working a thankless job with no upward mobility. Through the veterans coordinator in my office, I received information about the Post 9/11 Montgomery Gl Bill.  After reading all of the details, I decided to go back to school...full time. I was fearful about resigning from my position, however completing my undergraduate degree was so much more important. A family friend told me about Lehman College and it was surprisingly close to...

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