Prior to joining Lehman College in the fall of 2009, Elaine Rivera spent nearly 30 years as a working journalist. Her previous position before leaving for Lehman College was at WNYC Public Radio where she covered numerous beats including the gubernatorial race, economic development and the presidential campaign. Rivera has also worked at a host of other news outlets that included El Diario La Prensa, Time Magazine, The Washington Post and New York Newsday. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Rivera received her B.A. in journalism from Kent State University in 1981. Rivera has also served on the board of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists as well as the board of UNITY: Journalists of Color, a coalition comprised of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association and the Native American Journalists Association. Rivera resides in the Bronx.
Hey! My name is Dominick Gregory. I am a recent graduate of Lehman College with a Bachelors in Mass Communications. I minored in Japanese language, something I enjoyed greatly. During my four years in college, I worked as both a reporter for Lehman College's newsmagazine "Inside Lehman", as well as a writing tutor for Lehman's tutoring center. Both of these jobs involve passions of mine (education and journalism) and this College Now class was able to combine them into one. Photography is one of my hobbies; I really enjoy going out into the city and taking pictures of everything. I love old photos of New York, and I want to document this amazing city for future generations. I also enjoy listening to music; I have a whole record collection of my favorite artists. I hope to be on television one day, perhaps as a news reporter. However, people tell me I should be a game show host because of my personality. I'll be honest, I do love game shows! Whatever I end up doing, as long as I enjoy it, I will be happy.
Emmet Allen: I am seventeen years old and becoming a senior of Bronx Health Sciences High School this fall. I am determined and tenacious, showing these qualities in every piece of work. I am inspired to become an emergency room doctor. In my free time, I play video games with my friends, practice martial arts, in particular Muay Thai, and play handball. During the College Now Summer Arts program I participated in the journalism class with famed journalist Elaine Rivera. While in the journalism class, I learned the qualities of a journalist and wrote an article examining the topic of pathological gaming. I hope to use my new-found journalism skills in my future writing pieces and in my everyday life.
Kadijatu Bah is a sixteen-year-old that lived in The Bronx basically her whole life, but was born in Harlem. She attends Pelham Preparatory Academy and she will be a junior this coming fall. Her parents came from Guinea, a country in Africa, but she was born in America. Not too tall and not too short, her height is just right. Still undecided with what she is going to do in the future, Kadijatu knows that she will do anything to make sure she is satisfied. At a young age, Kadijatu always loved to write and talk. With her outgoing personality and strong determination, she will help pursue a career where she can show who she really is. When she heard about journalism program at College Now, she checked it off as her first choice. She loved to write since a young age. This helped her express her thoughts and opinions. While other kids watched late night cartoons, she watched the news and was fascinated by what was going on in the world. She's is clever, funny, good-natured, outgoing and so much more.
Lindita Camaj is a 16-year-old student attending Christopher Columbus High School, and she loves to play sports. Lindita hopes to someday become a best-selling writer and famous movie director. In an effort to improve her writing skills she signed up for the journalism class at Lehman College. Lindita grew up in a poor area in Albania, and her family struggled more than most other families that she knew. However, she is grateful to have lived such a lifestyle because it has given her a different perspective of life and, she often understands the challenges that people go through.
My name is Aaron Cruz. I'm a Bronx-born Puerto Rican. I'm smart, but real slow at times. I'm young and athletic. I'm short, but, oh well, it happens. I'm brolic and that shows the dedication I have for my sports or activities. I'm a very optimistic person for the better. I get easily amused, but that doesn't keep me from being serious when I need to be. I have a small ounce of shyness in me, but when you do get to know me, I could be really outgoing. I think I'm a nice person; I just don't choose to be all the time. I have big eyes that see things in certain ways that others don't. I always fight for my opinion, whether I'm right or wrong.
Hello, my name is Angelina Domfeh. I am 16 years old and attend Dewitt Clinton High School. At Clinton, I am part of the Macy Honor's Program. I was born in Ghana, Africa. I came to America when I was four years old. Ghana is, and will always be, my homeland. I speak two languages: "Twi", which is my African language, and English. Personally I do not see myself as "Americanized". I live in The Bronx with my mother, father, twin sister, and little sister. As a person, I am very shy and quiet, but once you get to know me I am the friendliest person you will meet. My friends often call me a mother, because I am always caring for everybody. My hobbies are reading books, writing poetry and stories, crocheting, and cooking. My education is a very important factor in my life. In college, I plan to major in childhood education and possibly minor in English or writing. In the future, I plan to be a teacher. Why? Simply because I love kids, but really because I want to educate others as my teachers have educated me throughout my life. Getting good grades is not always easy, but as a hard worker, I always try to do my best. I leave you now with a quote of my own: as a young adult, I am finally learning that the way people perceive you will come and go, but the way you perceive yourself will stay with you forever. Atri! ("See you later!" in Twi)
Melanie Ginel is a senior at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Macy Honors program. A confident Puerto Rican, Melanie is known for being very outspoken, smart, friendly, and she tells it like it is. She is an aspiring lawyer who isn't afraid to speak her mind and doesn't let anything get in the way of reaching her goals. Melanie stays busy by working as an afterschool tutor and at Columbia University Medical Center. She also takes part in extra-curricular activities and is always looking for more great opportunities she can be a part of. Her favorite color is pink and her favorite word is "believe." Words she lives by are "trust no one" and "be yourself, because those who matter don't mind and those who mind don't matter."
When young writers publish autobiographies about their lives, the general public tends to over look them, due to the stereotype that young people haven't "lived" life, and I'm no exception. However, I do believe I've accomplished and experienced many things—things that I'm personally proud of. For instance, I've received over two dozen awards in the past 3 years alone. I am one of the 4 students who have admitted to the 2nd round of POSEY (a scholarship program) and I was chosen for College Now, so I guess I'm well on my way. My name is Chevon James and I am currently a senior at Bronx Lab School. Both my parents are from Jamaica, but I have no ties to the country seeing as I was born and raised in The Bronx. I was a Christian for 15 years but decided to take a different path, and now I follow my own religion, Chaylism, which is mainly about living a stress-free life and achieving inner-peace. When I'm not in school, I'm playing small forward on my schools junior varsity basketball team which takes up a huge chunk of my life. At home I find myself either writing screenplays, reading books or listening to my iPod. Music is what makes me who I am and my favorite genre might surprise you: I listen to mostly post hardcore, metal core, or any type of rock music. When I find time, I write my own songs. I also manage a band made up of my 5 most talented friends. So, that's about it just a few of the things that make me... me.
My name is Tawhid Kabir. I live in Queens, and I go to Information Technology High School. You may look at me and think that I am unimpressive, but I have made sure that I bring achieving to the table. I am a freelance artist who does commissions for others during the night. During the day I am a writer and a student. I create my own path and even though I am not shooting for a goal, I know how to start. My future career is undecided, but I know that the basics are all I need to start my pursuit.
Harpreet Kaur was born into a Punjabi family that follows the Sikh faith on May 23, 1996. She is a Bronx resident and attends TAPCO high school. At age 14, she began attending the College Now program at Lehman College. She is now taking part in the Summer Arts College Now program's journalism course. She spends most of her time reading, listening to music, watching comedies, drawing or writing. She is about to have her poem "Pain of Change" published into the book "Acclaimed," which is being published by the American Library of Poetry. She likes to take part in poetry contests, even though she hasn't won... yet. She dreams of becoming a pediatrician or a writer—maybe even both. Harpreet holds close ties with her family and friends and always tries to put them and their happiness first.
Tiana Maclean is a 15-year-old high school student. This fall she will be a junior at Pelham Preparatory Academy. She was born in The Bronx, New York. By the time she entered the eighth grade, she KNEW she wanted to work in the field of communications. From the time she was a little girl, she loved to talk a lot and constantly listened to music. She was always a people person. When approached by her high school guidance counselor about the College Now program, she knew she had to apply to the journalism and reporting program; it would help her shape up and be good preparation for the real world. She's outgoing, spunky, loves to make people laugh, confident, and VERY far from shy. With her tenacious attitude, ambitious and go-getter personality, she will stop at nothing to get what she wants and fulfill her dream!
My name is Anita Mathew. I am 16 years old and a junior at Pelham Preparatory Academy. I was born and raised in The Bronx, but my parents are from India. My hobbies include listening to music and watching movies of different languages and genres. I love to watch sports, and my favorite teams are the New York Yankees and the New York Knicks. I enjoy reading different things from newspapers to novels, especially realistic fiction, but my favorite series is Harry Potter. I am the type of person who likes to know everything about everything, so I usually contribute to a conversation. One day I hope to be lawyer, but right now I am still exploring my options.
Lloyd Mills is a 17-year-old student who attends Global Enterprise Academy. He will become a senior this fall, and he is very committed to his work. Other than that, he is a well-rounded individual who is very jovial and caring to others especially in time of need. He is really motivated and dedicated to goals that he sets for himself; he is very interested in the business field and aspires to become an accountant in the future. He entered the College Now program to experience different subjects and hopes whatever he gains knowledge of will help him to improve his skills.
On my birth certificate it reads Ashley Pugliese. I was born on May 15, 1995 to a full Mexican mother and a full Italian father. I am the oldest of three kids; I have two younger brothers, so my house seems pretty full at times. Since I am the only girl and the oldest, me and my mother have a good relationship; she taught me to be independent, brave and to always go for what I want. I am a person who loves to hang out with her friends, go to the movies and just have fun. I am also a person who is sarcastic—my father says I get it from my mom. When I look at myself I am happy who I am, well, for now...
Hey! My birth certificate reads Kimberly Roman. I am a 15-year-old girl and was born in New York. I currently attend Hostos-Lincoln Academy; I am a junior. I am Dominican and very intertwined with my Hispanic background. I love music, especially bachata. I enjoy reading books, mainly about teenage romance; your classic teenage girl. I spend most of my time at church and school. I have a very bold personality. You will always find me with my friends laughing and enjoying my youth. That's me in a nutshell.
Faiz Sabbiruzzaman is a fifteen-year-old student who attends the Bronx High School of Science. Since coming to Bronx Science, he has developed leadership qualities which benefited him and the people around him because he learned to cope with others. Before arriving at Bronx Science, Faiz was a depressed and saddened person because he felt no one cared or noticed his presence at home or at school. However, his situation changed because he felt he had a place in Bronx Science and, therefore, strove to become the best. As a result, students and teachers began to detect Faiz's aura and were overwhelmed by his lightheartedness. Where's Faiz Sabbiruzzaman now? Well, he is attending the College Now program at Lehman College because he wants to accomplish more and become better not only as a student but as a person too.
Jelani Spencer-Joe is a 5'2", 16-year-old senior who attends Marble Hill School for International Studies. She took the journalism class because she thought it would be interesting since she's planning to be a communications major in college. Some may say she's funny, opinionated, stubborn, talkative, and personable—but her teacher, Professor Rivera, prefers to use the word "bossy" to describe her. She's excited to see what the future holds because she's always looking forward to new experiences.
Hey!! I'm Jeremy Teekasingh, an incoming senior at the High School for Media and Communications in Washington Heights, NY. I am of West Indian decent, and although I look Indian, English is my only language. I currently live in Queens, and I love to go to new places and try different things, hence why I'm in the College Now program. My friends would consider me a really relaxed, down-to-earth person. Athletics are a major part of my life, and I play almost every sport! I am a religious Christian, and I play the drums as well as piano in my spare time. I am very random, and would find myself doing the strangest of things in the strangest of places. Becoming a well-recognized sports journalist is my goal, and I can't wait to start college! This summer in College Now has been a humbling experience, and I'm forever thankful for this opportunity. My life is based upon the experiences I have gone through, each day has made me stronger than the day before. CARPE DIEM, cease the day!
My name is Cecilia Tettey. I'm 16 years old and a student at Pelham Preparatory Academy. I was born and raised in The Bronx, but my parents are from Ghana. My interests include reading, writing (anything from fictional stories to even songs), running, listening to music and anything else that can truly catch my attention and not quickly turn into boredom. In the future I would love to have a career in media and communications. Today the media is such a force to be reckoned with, giving attention to anything and everything occurring. Being that the media has always played such an important role in society, I want to be a part of it. One voice can make a difference and that's the power of media.
My name is Raquel Urena. I'm 17 years old, and I attend DeWitt Clinton High School, about to enter my senior year (go seniors of 2012!). I would describe myself as quiet, however not shy. I'm a huge baseball fan and I also go to church. I joined this summer arts program in the hopes of finding something that would interest me so that I could maybe pursue in the future. I could sometimes have a very introverted personality but it's usually because of the way I like to approach things in life. In the words of George Lopez: "Cool, calm and, check it... collective."
Nala Ward attends DeWitt Clinton High School and will be a senior in the MACY honors program as of September 2011. She is 16 years old and was born on September 24th in what used to be Our Lady of Mercy hospital (which is now Montefiore hospital) on 233rd Street. She is an African Americn; her whole family was born in America, and she is (by a technicality) 1/8th Cherokee Indian. However, she does not label, or describe, herself as being a certain ethnicity—"I'm just a human being." Nala likes animals, enjoys watching movies, and finds the history of the United States interesting. Her favorite place to be is in Manhattan; she loves the busy atmosphere. She is a Christian girl and attends church often on White Plains Road. When she goes to college, she plans on majoring in Journalism/Broadcasting; she is considering minoring in Film Studies.