TRiO STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Thank You, TRiO!
Class of 2017 • Business Administration Major
As the end of the semester is approaching, there is so much to reflect on. This semester has been a tough semester to say the least, but it is the way you handle situations you are faced with that determine how strong you really are. TRiO has really helped me with my struggles and all the TRiO staff has always been willing to help and always find ways to find a positive out of every situation I have been faced with this semester.
Being a part of TRiO has changed my life for the better and I can use what I have learned being a TRiO mentor to freshmen TRiO students and being able to have my own mentor through the Alumni Mentoring Program TRiO has offered me. Helping people is what I love to do and when I know I have made a difference in someone’s life, it makes me feel that much better about myself.
Coming to Medaille as a whole was a great decision for me because this is where for four years of my life I have found myself and who I want to be. I have gained a college experience that I will never ever forget. I have found ways to get involved with school activates that I never thought I would be part in. Some days are harder than others but I know that I have a wonderful and supporting family behind everything I do and if it were not for my loving and encouraging mother that pushed me to go to college, I would not be where I am today. She has taught me the importance of college and the wonderful opportunities that come out of it. I cannot say enough how truly lucky I am to have all these great support systems for me not only at home but here at Medaille.
I know because of TRiO and the great people that have always believed in me and pushed me through that once I graduate in May, I will be on my way to being something great.
My major goal is to be a successful person and to make something out of myself. Medaille TRiO program has taught me this is possible but this is only possible if I believe in myself and my future goals. Anything is possible as long as you put your mind to something. I am very happy with the person I have become today and I cannot wait to see what my future holds.
I will leave you with this, whenever you are feeling down or you just cannot seem to pick yourself up, just remember it is only a bad day; not a bad life. Focus on all the amazing things and people you have in your life and that will take you far. Believe in yourself and others will believe in you. Because of TRiO, I am ready to take on the real working world once I graduate with a mindset to succeed and make a difference.
Welcome TRiO Students!
Hello rookies and veterans! My name is Manar Al Sbaikhawi and I am a biology major senior at Medaille College with a pre-med minor.
My ultimate goal is to become a doctor. Throughout my years at Medaille College, I have been involved in many things to get into medical school and achieve my goal. Getting involved and being active in clubs will help you in many ways. I have been a member of the Life Sciences Club since my freshmen year and have become an Administrative Officer as a senior. I am also a peer tutor at the Academic Support Center, a TRiO Peer Mentor, and a mentor for the Freshman Year Experience “Power of You.”
The biggest advice I can give is to never quit! College has been very challenging and the coursework has been heavy but I have always found ways to help me overcome the obstacles. College can be stressful and you might find yourself overwhelmed but don’t be ashamed to ask for help when you need it. Attending classes regularly is very beneficial because 1) you are getting the education you’re paying for and 2) if the professors see you trying hard, they will help you succeed in the course. Using all resources is a very wise thing to do because they are the tools, when utilized, that will help you towards achieving your goals. Don’t ever discourage yourself and always stay positive because if your view is negative, it will blind you from the positive. College can be a great time if you put your all into it.