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Student Success Stories

MARIA CAMAJ, BBA, 2015 & MSHNR, (expected 6/2017)

Maria Camaj I know I am not alone when I say that I had many obstacles in my path that prevented me from attending college at an earlier stage of my life.

My life changed the day I decided to meet with an Adult Degree Program advisor to discuss attending college for the first time ever!  During that meeting, I was told of an entrance exam that included algebra, which was too difficult for me to pass. Thankfully, Continuing Education offered the course, “Elementary Algebra: Math Review,” designed specifically for adult students. This course allowed me to complete the overall math requirements for the college.

I am grateful to ADP for its support through advisement and other services. I was able to make friendships with fellow adult students, and we helped each other with assignments, exams, and selecting professors.

As of May 2015, I am a proud alumna of Lehman College. In two and a half years, I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a double concentration in marketing and international business. I also earned honors designations including Presidential Scholar, Summa Cum Laude, and Departmental Honors, and I achieved an overall GPA of 3.97. I was thrilled to have earned the maximum credits (15) for Prior Learning Assessment. As an adult, I achieved learning through life, and I felt that ADP appreciated my life story. 

JOSELYN SANTOS, MA, Liberal Studies, 2015

Joselyn SantosFor the past eight years, I have been teaching art in a N.Y.C. public high school. The curriculum I teach focuses not just on studio art practices, but encourages my students to find relationships between art and other subjects. I want them to understand that artists are not one-dimensional, but are inspired by a multitude of academic and cultural learning experiences. The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, offered by the Lehman Adult Degree Program, provided a flexibility that aligned with my teaching philosphy. It enabled me to design my own program of study to fit my career interests. Although I took studio art and art history courses, I also took classes in other subjects of interest, such as Latino/Caribbean studies, to supplement my teaching curriculum. I earned academic credits through life/work experience, which helped me to reflect further on my teaching practice and how it related to my graduate degree program.

For the culmination of the Master of Arts in Liberal studies program, I wrote a thesis that focused on Dominican racial identity through the lenses of history, hair, and art. The research I conducted gave me a new perspective and led me to design an Afro-Latino-centered arts curriculum that is culturally sensitive to the student population I teach.