Jessica’s Transfer Journey: From GCC to Brooklyn College
Guttman Community College
When did you come to the college ?
What was your major ? When did you graduate ?
I came here to Guttman in 2012 as a member of the first inaugural class. My major was Business Administration and I graduated in 2014.
What was your experience at GCC ? ( i.e. clubs, working, volunteering )
I was a very different quiet, shy and not so outgoing person/student before starting GCC. I was pretty skeptical particularly because the fact that it was a brand new institution at the time. My previous experience going to a new middle school did not end too well for me. I did not test well and never really liked the SAT and how that is the sole test score that determines college acceptance. It was only until I have joined the student government in which I have open myself up enough to take advantage of many leadership opportunities, getting to know the faculty, administration on a more personal level. All of a sudden, I went from being introverted to being a more extroverted person. I remember I would go to every floor almost daily just to say hi to everyone in the building. I feel really lucky and fortunate to establish a close relationship to the Student Government advisor at the time, which helped land me a position as College Assistant now. I honestly do not know where I will be without Guttman. As a College Assistant, I am able to impart some wisdom and to make that as my alumni contribution. Being the “original guinea pig” there are numerous programs that exist which have greatly enhanced the GCC experience for example Global Guttman, Free Monthly Metrocards, Single Stop and must more.
What advice would you give to others looking to transfer ?
Don’t forget about the various lessons you have learned from Guttman whether that be from a professor or anyone that has served as your “advisor” during your Guttman experience and take the concept of community with you to your senior college. Find similar programs that have worked for you at Guttman and make sure to expand outside your comfort zone. Success will only come when you advocate for yourself.
What was your senior college ? Major ? Graduation date ?
I went to Brooklyn College. I obtained a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. I graduated in 2018.
How did you come to choose that particular 4-year school ?
How I came to end up graduating from Brooklyn College was a really rocky path for me. After I graduated from Guttman, I transferred to Baruch. I spent two semesters (one year) in Baruch and found that the college community was not the right one for me. There was a period in time in which I felt incompetent and lost motivation to keep pushing on. I have took a semester off, saying I was going to find a job, but then decided to transfer to another senior college. This is where I came across Brooklyn College. It was by pure luck that Brooklyn College opened their own business school called the Koppelman Business School, which established themselves in 2011 that is the same year that Guttman started.
What was your experience at your senior college ?
( i.e. co-curricular activities, working, volunteering )
Just based on the fact that Brooklyn College have just opened their business school, I felt comfortable in integrating myself with the business school community even more than at Baruch. In the business school there is a student lead council called the Student Leadership Council, which is housed in the Koppelman School of Business. This is a platform for business students to create clubs and to pass on business internships and networking opportunities.
Working at GCC, what is your role & what has that been like for you ?
I am a College Assistant and work in the department of Student Engagement assisting Nestor Melendez with managing the Game Room, monitoring the work-study students that oversee the Game Room.