Graphic Illustration by Milan Fredricks
Every year, students within 30 credits of their degree completion are invited to apply for the CUNY SPS ACE Scholarship. The scholarship provides full tuition until graduation. To be considered, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, enroll for a minimum of 6 credits, and demonstrate financial need. As part of their award requirements, ACE Scholars mentor newly-admitted undergraduate students and act as ambassadors for the school. To fulfill the duties of the scholarship, each recipient must write an essay about their ACE experience. The Kiosk will be publishing these essays each Wednesday.
The next essay in this series is by Dale Beaumont, who is in the B.S. in Business program and owns his own business.
The Long Journey
by Dale Beaumont
I immigrated from Jamaica in 2009 because my father filed for me to be a permanent resident. My academic plan was to complete my associate degree, then work for a while and go back to college to complete my bachelors. I transferred to CUNY School of Professional Studies from the Borough of Manhattan Community College with an associate degree in Business Management. I told my academic advisor, Jaye-Anne Sartoretto, that I want to enroll full-time and she told me it is best to start with two classes in my first semester. I listened, and she was proven to be right because working full time and taking two online classes was too much. I took two online classes each semester except Spring 2018 (3 online classes). I appreciate my academic advisor. She has been guiding me through this journey.
In the first semester, I decided to take a writing class with Professor Richard Schumaker (COM 210). Professor Schumaker had a positive impact on me and his class set the groundwork for every class thereafter. His class improved my writing skills in my work and personal life. He is always available to give advice or reference.
The second professor that had a positive impact on me was Professor Jeffrey Hauser (BUS 333). Professor Hauser’s class covers corporate financial management. His class made me love business even more and he taught us time management. He is always available to assist me. Both professors inspired me, and their teachings helped shape my decision to start my business from writing a business plan to closing clients.
The Ace Scholarship’s Impact
I became an ACE Scholarship recipient this year. The ACE Scholarship helps pay your tuition and it is a program that helps you develop your leadership skills by mentoring others. I was asked to be a mentor to five new business students. I trained and mentored new employees in my past jobs, so this is familiar territory for me but also challenging because I must pass on my experience and skills to my mentees. This is done by advising them to start with two online classes in the first semester, create a short tutorial video showing them shortcuts in Blackboard, directing them to the right personnel for issues beyond my control, answering questions, and just being there to offer emotional support.
As an ACE Scholar, I was also asked to serve on the Technology Fee Committee which was a great honor and these activities helped me to get away from the mobile devices and do face-to-face interactions at CUNY School of Professional Studies. The Technology Fee Committee gives students a seat at the table to be a part of the decision process of reviewing, modifying, and approving the Technology Fee Budget.
I have three classes remaining and I will graduate next year with a Bachelor of Science in Business. I am looking forward to working with new mentees next year and hope to be helpful to them while they go on their long journey.