I am part of a little community; a small group of some sort. I come from the land of those with hope, dreams and aspirations. The place I attend for my education, the land for the ones that dream, is Bronx Community College. My experience transitioning from another country was harsh and I would be lying to say I wasn’t
nervous to be in an American education system, but the people I’ve met at BCC helped me change my whole perception on what getting a degree really means. I feel proud to say I know people that just want to explore and find their place in the world and that are not afraid to admit they are lost and don’t know where to go, for I had always been taught that you must know where to go in life in order to succeed.
There is one moment in particular that made me feel glad that I belong to BCC. and that was the ASAP spirit day event. Being together with other fellow classmates that have a thirst for success and also can find the place and time to enjoy themselves was a pretty nice experience for me to watch. Though, not everything is always sunshine, BCC has a very low graduation rate and for that it has its reputation. No matter who you are, or how your grades are you’re deemed like this minority community college student that has no great aspirations or isn’t worth it. I remember it was a very humid day outside the first and last time I felt so ashamed of being a community college student.
I had just arrived at the NYU bookstore in search of a book I needed for my ENG 11 course. The other bookstores I had previously went suggested the NYU bookstore and they were
right; I was able to find my book there. But in the process of searching for it within the finite amount of bookshelves I engaged conversation with a student at NYU. It was all going well until I asked her for help and she shut me down once I admitted I didn’t have any NYU specialized syllabus because I didn’t go to that school. I felt embarrassed to be going to such a low school compared to NYU in the way she gave me an attitude and said, “Then why are you even here?”. Nonetheless, I have come a far way since then and now I admit loud and proud that I go to BCC.