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President’s Weekly Messages to Students

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Monday, May 2, 2022

Dear KCC Students,

Yesterday, May 1st was Decision Day.  Decision Day is the day when most colleges set their deadlines for students to commit to attending in the fall.  I am so happy that when it was your time to decide, that you committed to attending Kingsborough.   

 Unlike the many, many, many colleges that students these days apply to, when I was in high school I only applied to only two colleges.  I wasn’t picky and only had two criteria.  First, I wanted to be able to major in journalism, and second, because I would be coming from the Virgin Islands to the mainland for college, I really wanted to be close to family in New Jersey which was where my older siblings were living at the time.  So I selected two colleges and submitted my applications.  It turns out that my application to Drew University was incomplete and I missed the deadline for submitting all the information, so it was no longer an option. But I was very fortunate that Rutgers University (Livingston College) accepted me.   And the rest is history.

But KCC students the future is all yours.  Some of you have already applied to and have decided which 4-year schools you will attend in the fall.  Some of you are in the process of exploring options as you inch closer to graduation at the end of the year or next year.  Many of you are heading right into careers and are busy participating in, or exploring internship opportunities or receiving career coaching from our Career Services Center.  

A world of options after KCC await you. It is never too early or too late to start thinking about, exploring and planning for them.  You have many options at CUNY for where you can earn your baccalaureate degree. Once you decide to which college you will apply to, step correctly; don’t make the mistakes I did.  Make sure that your application is complete and that you meet all the required deadlines for submitting materials and information.  If you still have some time before you graduate from KCC, and if you have the opportunity, participate in an internship (I did when I was in college and it was an incredible experience). Internships provide an incredible opportunity for you to experience your prospective career, network with professionals in your field and gain a competitive edge as you seek employment. 

Remember, whatever you decide to do when you leave Kingsborough (transfer, embark on a career in your field of study, or both), know that the future belongs to those who prepare for it today.  

 If you have been accepted to a four-year college and plan to go there in fall, or if you will have an internship in the summer of fall, or if you already have job offer for after graduation, please let me know.

Have a great week.

President Schrader

P.S. As you know COVID positivity rates in NYC are once again on the rise.  I encourage you to remain vigilant about your health and safety.  While mask-wearing remains optional at KCC and University, anybody who wants to continue wearing a mask should do so as an additional precaution to protect themselves and others.  Please make sure you are current with your vaccinations as well.  

Straight A Students