Alumni Give Back: How to Succeed in the Real World

Left to right: CDI advisors Sebastian Munn, & Mia Carmel, Alumni Camryn St. Vil, Bassirou Seck, Mayra Guallpa, Angelina Cubero, Jun Zhang Law, Haoquan Liang, CDI advisor Hattie Hill.

Six MCNDHS/CDI alumni came back to school last month to speak with current students. They gave pointers on college, covering everything from choosing the right professors to time management. Alumni represented a range of colleges including Bronx Community College, SUNY New Paltz, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Fordham University, and Adelphi College, and are studying subjects including public health, nursing, psychology, biology, and computer science. The 2020 graduating class had lots of questions: “What do you wish you’d know before starting college?” “What is the biggest adjustment you’ve had to make?” “How did you decide which classes to take? ”

The alumni answered students’ questions thoughtfully and candidly, advising students on how to get help when they’re confused, and how to be responsible for themselves in adult academic environments. Current MCNDHS student Julia, 17, said she felt a lot calmer about the prospect of college. “It’s really helpful to hear about the experiences of people who started out where I am now. If they could do it, I can do it too!”

CAS Alumni Jaquan Sanders talks about owning and operating his gaming lounge, Weeboids.

CDI staff at City–As-School organized a series of events this month to honor and celebrate Black history, including a series of career panels and networking lunches for those looking to enter the workforce after graduation. Students had engaging discussions with CAS alumni panelists who have developed successful careers in everything from non-profit administration, the army, law enforcement, and the arts.

CDI is proud to build a long lasting community in all of our partner schools! We aim to foster an environment where students feel welcome, and alumni feel inspired to stay involved, and pass on their learnings to new generations of young people. CDI is only able to extend experiences and knowledge beyond the walls of our schools by partnering with a whole range of volunteers – alumni, corporate volunteers, tutors, and others who help share knowledge about higher education and the world of work and careers.

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