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Meet Our Students

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From top left to right: Luke Isaacson, Alexander Fox, Conor Finnegan, Fernando Espinoza, Christopher Robinson, and Marvin Castillo.

From front left to right: Eva Kupi, ElisabetSahariq, Laurinda Mahoulikponto, Roxy Moskovitz, Isra Eldosougi, Maria Dets, Nataly Sanchez, and Kaitlyn Johnson.


Name: Sandra Veziroglu

Class of: December 2016
Hometown: Palisades Park
Major: Corporate Law
Age: 20
Email: [email protected]

 

Why did you choose to become a member of the JKW School of Honors?

I chose to be a member of the JKW School of Honors at Bergen because I wanted to make the most of my two years at BCC. I wanted to challenge myself as well as prepare myself enough before I went off to four year universities. The JKW School of Honors gave me a wonderful opportunity to not only stand out as an Honors student, but it motivated me to push myself academically to maintain my title as an Honors student. This was a great lesson I have learned for the past two years at Bergen as an Honors student, to continuously push myself, because it is a great feeling of accomplishment in the end when you realize just how capable you are of completing anything. You begin to understand that your achievements are limitless and you begin to wonder the other amazing things you could accomplish yourself – so you learn to push yourself, and enjoy pushing yourself!

What are your career goals?

My goal for my career is to become a Corporate Attorney, specifically in Medical and Finance corporations by age 28. Currently, I am working as a Legal Assistant at a law firm and gathering as much legalis experimentia (legal experience) as I can!

What do you like about being an Honors student?

The best part of being an Honors student and sitting in Honors classes was the personal touch the professors added to their lectures. They treated us all as adults, extended deadlines because they viewed us differently, and were a lot more understanding.

What is your favorite quote and why?

The one quote that always helped me get thru the worse of things, was ‘you were given this life because only you are strong enough to live it.’ Every person has a different strength and every person has a different blueprint of handling hard situations, and not every person has the same way of dealing with things. The things one person can deal with another cannot or does not know how to deal with it. I believe each experience we have in life, we are strong enough to get through it – that’s why it has happened to us specifically.

What is your advice to prospective Honors students?

The best advice I can give is, never stop working for the best of yourself and your future. Strive to become the person the future you and your children will thank!

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Name: James Meza

Hometown: Wayne

Age: 20

Class of: 2016

Major: Political Science

Email: [email protected]

Why did you choose to become a member of the JKW School of Honors?

After taking my first Honor course at Bergen I admired the environment of the classes. Later finding out there was elections for the secretary position. I was thrilled to run for the seat and was glad to become a member of the Honors Association.

 

What are your career goals?

My career goal is to own a successful law firm.

What do you like best about being an Honors student?

The classroom environment is what I like best from being an Honor Student. Most of the time every student participates on the topic we discussed that day and the professors are always glad to assist you when needed.

What is your favorite quote and why?

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost

This is my favorite quote because it reminds me that I can preserver through anything.

 

What is your advice to prospective Honors students?

My advice would be is to get to know your professors well!

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Name: Macarena Silvestri

Hometown: Fair Lawn

Age: 19

Class of: 2017

Major: Pre Med

Email: [email protected]

 

Why did you choose to become a member of the JKW School of Honors?

The warm and welcoming invite to the School of Honors was one I couldn’t resist. One of the many reasons I became a member was because of the amazing benefits that come with it, such as early registration. I also believed that it would help me grow and prosper, which I soon learned to be true. I am so glad this opportunity came my way because JKW has helped me to connect with myself in a more intellectual level — and that is something I will forever be grateful for.

What are your career goals?

I dream of becoming a doctor — a dermatologist, to be specific. On a broader level, however, my career goals are to never stop learning.

 

What do you like best about being an Honors student?

I cherish the motivation and dedication that I share with my classmates the most.

 

What is your favorite quote and why?

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it in yourself.” The reason for this quote being my favorite is because of its way of believing in one to have no limits in growth. It brings out the beauty of surrounding yourself with positivity to obtain positivity.

 

What is your advice to prospective Honors students?

I advise all who are eligible to definitely take advantage of such an awesome opportunity and make the best of it. 

 

Name: Aleksei Kharisov
Hometown: Cliffside Park, USA
Age: 32
Class of: 2016
Major: Business Administration
Email: [email protected]

Why did you choose to become a member of the JKW School of Honors?

People choose the hard way instead of the easy one. I am an overachiever and I am always trying to challenge myself. Few Honors learners take responsibility from the beginning in college, so they will do the same in their entire life. They obtain better jobs and do better on their jobs in comparison with regular students.

What are your career goals?
One of my main objectives is completing an MBA degree. Upon graduation from Rutgers Business School, my goal is obtaining a managerial position in the well-known financial institution on Wall Street.

What do you like best about being an Honors student?
I like that Honors classes have less students in comparison with the regular ones. The professor pays more attention to each student, which in turn means higher level of education.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“A little less conversation, a little more action please”. Elvis Presley (Mac Davis and Billy Strange). It is much more productive to do what you think will lead to success, than to say what you want to do to be successful.

What is your advice to prospective Honors students?
Do not be afraid to take on increased obligations.

 

Name: Allison Jamauca

Hometown: Ridgefield Park

Age: 20

Class of: 2016

Major: General Studies

Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

Why did you choose to become a member of the JKW School of Honors?

I became a member to enrich my educational experience. As a high school student I loved the environment that honors classes used because it was discussion-based and everyone held a similar goal: success.

 

What are your career goals?

I look to major in law with a minor in women’s studies in order to be a service to others in my community. I always held an interest in feminism and what is or isn’t fair, so I would like to pursue this in a career.

What do you like best about being an Honors student?

I love the community the JKW School of Honors provides for alumni. I have met many of my best friends through the Honors Association who I still keep in contact with. Honors also provides alumni with opportunities to grow through activities such as recruiting members or interacting with club leaders on campus.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“Todo en esta vida tiene solución, menos la muerte.” Translation: everything in life has a solution, except death. My mother would repeat this to me whenever I felt I was facing hardship. I have learned that you can still succeed if plan A does not work- be creative and figure out a plan B!

 

What is your advice to prospective Honors students?

Choosing to be an active member instead of simply taking honors classes impacted me beyond belief. In choosing to become a part of the Honors Association, you are able to take the driver’s seat and meet firsthand other club leaders and professors in the process of creating events. The Honors Association ultimately provides opportunities to network and academically excel in the same community.

 

 

 

 

Name: Fernanda Jimenez

Class of: 2017

Hometown: Mexico City

Major/Minor: Film

Age: 23

E-mail: [email protected]

 

Why did you choose to become a member of the JK Winn School of Honors?

At the end of my first semester, my English Comp I professor suggested me to become an Honors student, which was strange at the time because I never saw myself as one. However, I thought it would be a great opportunity to challenge myself and to meet like-minded students, so I registered for Honors classes. It has been an amazing experience so far.

What are your career goals?

First I want to create my portfolio so that I can get into a good film school. After accomplishing this, I would like to continue my education and become a working filmmaker.

What do you like best about being an Honors student?

That it is a community, and that it has given me the opportunity to grow and to meet invaluable people, including my professors and peers. Also, Honors classes are way better in my opinion!

What is your favorite quote and why?

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus Because I share the sentiment, I like the thought, and Camus is my favorite writer.

What is your advice to prospective Honors students?

Two words: Get involved! The J.K. Winn School of Honors provides many opportunities for students to grow personally, academically, and professionally.