God college is brutal out – here!

Does college always poses as a safety net?After reviewing “from classrooms to careers” and hearing the guests speak about their college experience as to what they expected and also moving towards grad school which was a different hemisphere. it pretty much in a sense that its the upper level after receiving higher education and now you’re basically applying your academic strategies just in grad school, especially for those who are in career paths that require additional education.in a lot of ways college and grad school differ from each other as to where college request general classes and also the combinations of your major as for in grad school its more of focusing your expertise on the field.Sometimes college may serve as a safety net for individuals who may not know what they want to do after High-school or not simply not knowing what is it exactly they want.which is why certain people take upon college as a safe route just incase something fails or doesn’t goes according to plan.

As a college student myself ,I knew I wanted to attend to college because I want to become a clinical psychologist and I just wanted to further my education. on top I developed a 10 year career goal as to each step I needed to do and a help guide as to what do I need to do in order to be successful also looking at possible solutions and ways to grow as a person in both academically and as a person in whole too.college in my opinion also serves as a free trial to give people a sneak peak as to what is expected of not only you but the quality the university can offer you to succeed in their institution.

best,

Rose hernandez

What do you want to do with the rest of your life?

From going through trials and tribulations the one thing I want to do with the rest of my life is be happy. We attended school work hard to achieve a better life. My life grew from sickness, loss, deaths and all added to pain so let the rest of my life be happiness and a healthy life. We never know when it may be the end of our life, some live old others die young. The joy of happiness is priceless. A simple smile can go a long way and make me feel good inside. To feel relaxed, stress free and genuinely loved are thing that I would like to be. Personally I would never like to continue to work for somebody, run my own business and be my own boss. My business would have to dwell on where people would have enjoyment and fun. I would love to own a skating rink, a lounge or bar in Brooklyn. Within my business I would implement game nights, painting, and karaoke to provide outlets. I believe that everyone needs to relax and have some relief from stress and worries. Whatever I do with the rest of my life it will have to benefit others as well. Seeing others enjoying themselves is something that makes me feel good. After running a business I would like to retire in Jamaica in a custom built house overlooking the ocean sea.   

What I wish I knew before I interviewed

There were various things that specifically stood out while watching What I wish I knew before I interviewed.  Calvin spoke specifying as to why you want to attend graduate school.  Linking the connection to your life experiences and reasons that will help you resonate to your interviewer.  Also a great insight is to make sure you have questions prepared that can show some engagement with the interviewer and that you are interested.  Applying this to prior interviews I believe have helped me. Within this video Cherishe spoke upon working with other individuals within a program.  This is a great aspect because I also felt that while in the CUNY Peer Leader program I felt that safe space and also the ability to express myself without the fear of judgment.   This is an aspect that will help me be less fearful to express myself when I am in a room when needed.  Talk of mentorship also stood out to me due to the fact that working fulltime and mainly taking classes online I lacked mentorship.  I’ve learned to change this and find balance and apply to programs and not limit myself.  Another aspect that resonated to me which Juvanie spoke about was networking.  I strongly believe that networking is essential to build yourself and others around you.  We learn from each other daily even if it’s something small it can help you exercise your leadership and decision making.   Communication, easy to work with and learn new skills at the job stood out to me because these are all things that I had to do within my new title. I’ve definitely freaked out when not having certain job skills when taking a position, but eventually I learned and applied those skills. All the tools and learnings throughout the CPL program definitely have helped me grow as a professional individual. 

Mentors to Mentors

The best advice I’ve heard was to do research before entering into college from Calvin Herman and finding  a mentor from Cherishe Cumma-Clarke. This advice is well received because I believe educators need seasoned educators to travel the road of experience to make it in the school system. I have encountered many educators when I decided to go into teaching but no one significant enough to deal with pressure of having a younger adult to mentor. It became evident that many had already had educators to mentor so researching a mentor is hard. Its important to research a person I believe is compatible and strong in your field of interest as well as you must be.

Calvin Herman mentioned that researching the school is as important as picking your career I believe due to the many resources a school have and may help in your decision-making process. Research takes time and patience in reaching a goal. So many factors are counted like financial aid, the right classes, and the career you decide to have. How you decide your future is so tricky when it comes to schools because the one you pick may not have what you need for the duration of school but you do your best not to have to transfer or take classes in another school.  

So many decisions need to be made between high school and college life that students can’t grasp the importance of the information needed to succeed. So much advice from counselors and people alike can be confusing for young adults with no direction but have a career goal. How do you pick between the person you believe is giving good advice and the one giving good advice? Confused yet?

From Classrooms to Careers!

There is a lot discussed in this video, and several points in the film are important for me to consider as I prepare for the interview and graduate programs.

 Everyone who shared their thoughts and advice for preparing for the interview seemed to have something to teach me. But, when it comes to mentoring, there is a lot we need to learn and how we can prepare ourselves for interviews, but it all comes down to mentoring, which I believe is very important. It all relies on our organization and what we deal with, and how we can work on it as a team.

Aside from that, knowing why you want to pursue a graduate degree and what school you are seeking to get into will help you better as an individual. This, I believe, should be considered when preparing for any interview: what the program’s strengths are or how it will help you grow.

I also came up with five recommendations to help us prepare for interviews and questions that we should have practiced.

1. Could you tell me a little bit about yourself and your background?

Interviewers enjoy hearing candidates’ personal stories. Make sure your story has a strong beginning, a gripping middle, and a satisfying ending that will make the interviewer root for you to get the job.

2. How did you learn about this opportunity?

Employers want to know if you are actively looking for work, heard about it via a recruiter, or were suggested by an existing employee. In a nutshell, they want to know how you got there.

3. Do you favor a certain style of work environment?

Before the interview, do your research about the organization and its culture. Your research will save you in this situation. If your chosen setting does not closely coincide with the company’s working culture, it may not be the appropriate fit for you. For example, you can discover from the company’s website that it has a flat organizational structure or that it values collaboration and autonomy. These are crucial terms to include in your response to this question.

4. How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?

The employer wants to see if you can hold the fort or if you fall under pressure. They want to ensure that you don’t have a meltdown as the pressure mounts and deadlines loom. The capacity to remain calm under pressure is a highly sought skill.

5. Do you prefer working alone or in a group?

Your response should be informed by your study on the corporate culture and the job in question. Nonetheless, most work environments will feature some element of teamwork.

The highlights that I would like to investigate as I prepare for my academic and professional future are networking, practice, and perseverance. All these abilities make me realize how many projects I have to work on, which drives me to participate in more programs and internships.

Several aspects of the video are critical for me to consider as I prepare for the interview and graduate programs. Everyone who shared their thoughts and advice for preparing for the interview seemed to have something to teach me.

The students who spoke about their job-search experiences, as well as the faculty from the CUNY Graduate Center, gave a wealth of advice and recommendations to help us prepare for our careers.

Establishing a relationship with the college was the most stunning piece of advice from the seminar.  It is because, even if we are still unsure about our future jobs, our school professionals and teachers will guide us in the right direction so that we do not get lost during those times.

We might also leverage the college’s resources because they understand what students need and want. The most important technique to gather appropriate and efficient information for employment options is to communicate with professors, faculty, or even peers.

Hence, I learned a lot from this video.

Thank You.

The Metamorphosis of a College Undergrad

Transitioning from life post college can be quite a challenging prospect. Profess Cathy Davidson founding director of the futures initiative did an excellent job in gathering some the best minds together to discuss the best way to tackle this daunting task. Young scientist Calvin Herman presentation really stood out to me. Title “what I wish I knew before interviewing for PHD program in stem” . This young scientist reflected on his journey through his PHD interviews and proceeded to provide many tips and tools everyone can use when going through a similar process. “Know your research inside out” this stood out to me as he highlighted a simple yet important fact. It’s imperative to do your research and come prepared to the interview process. This can even breed confidence as opposed to going into the process blind Another key fact that stood during his presentation was “What was known about the field before you conducted your research?” This goes a step beyond just scratching the surface. Understanding where we come from will most definitely help one understand where we are going. I thought this was essential as it requires one to step back and get the full picture. This can be hard to do for someone fresh out of college as you may be frantically looking for interviews, jobs, resources, it’s imperative to get the big picture understanding where the trends are, this I believe can be a key weapon everyone can use as they begin transitioning from classroom to real life. Another present or. cherishe Clark reminded us of the importance of building relationships with mentors. This can key as when you will inevitably need a letter of recommendation or simple guidance, it will be easy to go to this individual for assistance as you have been build up a healthy rapport with them.

While transitioning from classroom to work life and graduate education can be tough , the tools and wisdom provided by Professor Cathy Davidson and Co from classrooms to careers listening session will certainly go a long way in making this process less stressful .

Opportunities are in our hands

After watching the event “From Classrooms to Careers” Listening Session, I found the impression of those students’ personal experiences. I admit that the path to our future career requires many dimensional preparations. However, the session made me realize that attaining an expected job after college also requires hard work. Students like me are not only desiring a good academic outstanding but also looking for an opportunity to find a future career for their later adulthood. In the meanwhile, not only do we train ourselves to be fully prepared for our future job in college, but we should also consider the incoming challenges for our future workplaces.

The students who talked about their work-hunting experiences and the faculties from the CUNY graduate center in the session shared countless advice and tips to help us prepare for our careers. The most impressive piece of advice from the session was establishing a connection with college faculty. It is because while we are still feeling insecure about our future careers, our school professionals and faculty will lead us to a proper path so that we do not get lost at those moments. Also, we could utilize the resources from the college we attend because they know what students need and want. Moreover, one of the students spoke about mentorship during the session, and I agree with her. She emphasized that students would need to communicate and share with peers consistently because the student from our classroom might get the same future position as we would apply for one. Communicating with professors, faculty, or even peers is the most significant way to obtain sufficient and efficient information for career opportunities. Seeking potential opportunities is the key to finding and building the option you want.

This listening session is an excellent opportunity to foresee the future that I might face. I am so grateful for this beautiful experience in our leadership program.

Blog: What I wish I knew before I interviewed for

There are several factors in the video which are important for me to consider while preparing myself for the interview and graduate programs. I felt there was something to learn from all the people who shared their thoughts and tips to prepare themselves for the interview. 

One of the main points of Calvin who mentioned how one should research their research program, I think this is something important to think about. Besides that, to know why you want to pursue a graduate program and what the program you are trying to get in would help you personally to grow. I think this is something one should consider while preparing for any interview: what are the strengths of the program that you are trying to enroll in or how it would help you to grow. So, the first and the second points of Cavin which I really agree with.

The next person, Cherish, mentioned how not to limit yourself by only trying to apply for one program. She tried to apply to every single program and I think this stresses the fact about how one should not give up. Because sometimes the options that we don’t want help us to be successful and to learn which makes our path easier later on. I really liked the words of Giovanni about the importance of experience and how often we tend to underestimate the importance of experience. We often associate experiences with jobs or internships but it can also be your experience with yourself and identity. Lastly, networking, practicing, and not giving up all these are the highlights that  I would like to consider while preparing myself for the academic and professional future. I think all these skills make me think how there are so many things to work on and that’s motivating me to get myself involved with more programs and internships.

There are several factors in the video which are important for me to consider while preparing myself for the interview and graduate programs. I felt there was something to learn from all the people who shared their thoughts and tips to prepare themselves for the interview. 

One of the main points of Calvin who mentioned how one should research their research program, I think this is something important to think about. Besides that, to know why you want to pursue a graduate program and what the program you are trying to get in would help you personally to grow. I think this is something one should consider while preparing for any interview: what are the strengths of the program that you are trying to enroll in or how it would help you to grow. So, the first and the second points of Cavin which I really agree with.

The next person, Cherish, mentioned how not to limit yourself by only trying to apply for one program. She tried to apply to every single program, and I think these stresses the fact about how one should not give up. Because sometimes the options that we don’t want help us to be successful and to learn which makes our path easier later on. I really liked the words of Giovanni about the importance of experience and how often we tend to underestimate the importance of experience. We often associate experiences with jobs or internships, but it can also be your experience with yourself and identity. Lastly, networking, practicing, and not giving up all these are the highlights that I would like to consider while preparing myself for the academic and professional future. I think all these skills make me think how there are so many things to work on and that’s motivating me to get myself involved with more programs and internships.

Mentors for Mentors

This event came at the perfect time. This winter holiday, as I rewind from the chaos of the fall, I also begin the process of applying to volunteering opportunities, internships, and clinical experiences. I am in my third year, only three semesters away from graduating and applying to medical. As a premedical student, I spend so much of my time thinking about how every grade and every experience I build now will impact my chances of entering medical school. It’s a mindset that’s often draining when combined with the absurdly high standards I set for myself, but one that has led me to where I am now.

At this event, I was encouraged by the student speakers’ experiences in applying to graduate school and other positions. They offered me key advice on seeking mentorship in your education, dedicating time to researching the programs you apply to, applying to any new opportunities in your school, and prioritizing your mental health when faced with rejection.

It’s only been in the past 2 semesters (in person) that I’ve begun building bonds with some of my professors. Just this fall, I began attending biweekly office hours with my organic chemistry professor. He is one of the best and kindest professors at my school and the main reason for this is that he creates a welcoming and engaging environment with his students in and out of the classroom. I spent many hours in his office each week with other students studying, practicing material, asking questions, and getting to know my professor. Now I’ve excelled in the course and probably have those weekly hours to thank for it. In my experience, building relationships with your professors allows you to become more personally engaged in the material and opens up new opportunities for learning and growth. This spring, I will be working as an organic chemistry recitation leader due to my professor’s recommendation. The relationships I’m building now allow me to not only grow as a student but are the foundation of strong recommendation letters when applying to graduate school. My experience with my organic chem professor and others this fall has encouraged me to continue attending office hours, emailing professors, and working with other students and faculty to become the best student I can be.

I know I just rambled for quite some time about only one aspect of this meeting–seeking mentorship–but that was my greatest takeaway from this excellent meeting. I plan on keeping these ideas and experiences in mind as I move forward with applying to future programs and medical school. Happy New Year!

Blog Prompt for December

I enjoyed the listening session very much. There were several key takeaways I got from it. For instance, networking. 

Networking is something I only truly learned the value of in college. Building connections and partnerships with people I have respect for, and look up to in the career field that I wish to be a part of and make a difference in, is key. I also feel like getting to know people in my potential career field is important because they were me decades ago, so it’s like I’m following in their footsteps, and I feel it is so meaningful when they give me advice. Sometimes they say “I wish I did this differently, so you should try to do X, Y, and Z because it would be best in the long run”. I truly appreciate their input and feedback, always. 

I also liked how Nathan emphasized how nailing an interview could get you far. I remember I was so nervous for one particular interview that I actually went on YouTube and searched up “how to interview well”, and I ended up getting the internship I applied for. I think the most important advice I took away from that was to ask questions such as “what are some potential challenges I could face in this position”, “how do you like this work environment?”, “is there growth at this company?”, “do you see yourself here in five years?”

I also want to touch on the poll question “it is CUNY’s responsibility to help students prepare for the successful pursuit of their professional aspirations after leaving the University”. I strongly agree. The way I see it, it’s like a parent giving the children the tools, I feel like CUNY has just as much of an obligation to help their students succeed as a parent has to their child. This is my senior year at John Jay, and I’ve had some incredible professors. I am an advocate for CUNY and their meaningful mission.

Embrace Uncertainty


We are asked about our life,
We strive for an answer;


It is supposed to be a mystery,
It is not meant to be a certainty;


We lose in certainty even do not tend to be,
We hope in uncertainty because it should be;


We trace, we breathe, we chase,
We laugh, we sob, we chase;
We screamed, we smiled, and we blessed,
We now, embraced mystery.


Life is a monster, we play with monster,
Life is a lover, we embrace our lover;

Poem “ My Mind “

I’m just trying not to lose my mind

I wish everyone would just be kind 

Understand that with teen depression rates on the rise 

And gun violence won’t subside 

I’m just trying not to lose my mind

I’m just trying not to lose my mind

When a woman’s right to chose is no longer,  this just heightens my blues

It’s like no one is picking up on life’s cues , divided we stand who is gonna call a truce?

I’m just trying not to lose my mind

When everywhere I look I see emptiness 

Between the sketchiness of the subway carts late at night 

To the friendlessness that exists in our capitalist societies 

All across the major cities all I see among all people all I see is emptiness !

Consciousness of the Heart (December Blog)

Dream 

Achieve

Love

Inspire 

Resurrect 

Dream.  I want to dream a better dream, 

greater than what was given to me.

Achieve. I strive to achieve a life where 

I will look back

and have no regrets. 

A simple life of joy, peace, pride and rest. 

Love. The inner child in me wants to love others in the same way

my Father up above loves me.

Yet, my heart secretly, earnestly, yearns for the kind of love that makes it skip a beat. 

Inspire. I want to inspire the ones coming after me, the girl who harbors her own seed of hope, patiently waiting to grow. 

Resurrect. I want to resurrect others’ dead dreams like how prophet Ezekiel resurrected the dry bones in the middle of the valley. 

Tired. I tire of seeing my people in the streets, beaten down, torn down,

humanity ripped and stripped away, 

with every crushing blow of the soldiers in blue

who swore to protect us, 

defend us. 

Really?

They actually never saw us. 

saw us as people, saw us as worthy.

I don’t want to survive, 

I just need to thrive.

But at home, we, in our own spaces, 

we beat each other, not with metal batons, 

but with daggers of vitriol,

rooted in colorism, featurism, tribalism

that proceed from our mouths. 

We are all different 

and yet one of the same.

We have been broken and remain whole

whether we eat jollof rice and fufu, jerk chicken, roti, or collard greens and candied yams, 

Again, I assure you 

we are one and the same. 

Why don’t you like me for who I am?

Why won’t you love me for who I’m not?

Look. I look forward to the day where death

can finally die,

and life will surely live. 

And when that day comes, 

my Father, my Maker will say,

“Welcome home, My good and faithful servant,

Well done.”

What Now?

A question I never answer

Not seriously anyway 

I didn’t think I would ever have to answer it anyway

My mind too foggy 

My mind too dark 

Still waiting for that train that passes by 

Something would change 

Maybe I would work up the nerve 

Maybe the train would stop for me 

Then I turned 16

Then I turned 18

Then I turned 21

Pending graduation 

Pending career 

Overdue expectations


All of a sudden 

Staying alive wasn’t enough 

They found themselves wanting more

What Now? 

Time doesn’t wait 

Soon it’ll pass me by 

In the blink of an eye 

Pressure looms in my brain 

It’s time for a graduation 

Everyone wants a celebration 

Still I don’t know 

Still taking it one day at a time 

Still I struggle with this uncertain future

But at night I dream 

That I am happy 

That I am content 

Maybe just maybe 

It can be enough for me

sun showers

it such a shame

of how things change

i used to feel the same

now i just feel pain

 

everyday my body fails me

it feels like playing with a gun without safety

my voice becomes shaky

 

having the desire to do so much

but only being able to do so little

 

i lay in bed in so much pain

although living day to day feels like i have nothing to gain

 

i remember life can be beautiful

even if it rains

     

 

what do you want to do with the rest of your life?

I often ask myself what do I want in life. Instead of finding things I want to do I often find myself thinking of all the things I do not want to do and all the things I do not want to go through again. I don’t want to be hurt. I don’t want to be betrayed. I don’t want to lose friends and families. I don’t want to feel depressed. I don’t want to be in pain.

Having a chronic illness has impacted my life in many ways. For one, I miss out on a lot of experiences. Things like going to school, work, or out with friends is impossible some days. It hurts to physically be in pain you can do little about on top of feeling so isolated and alone. My chronic illness impacts my mental health because I have asked myself, “What’s the purpose of doing anything meaningful when you may die prematurely anyways?” which I know it’s morbid to think such a way but it’s true.

All of the negative experiences I’ve endured caused me to feel uncertain, scared, and depressed when thinking of what the future holds. Having chronic illness really changes who you are as a person and the attitude you have towards life. Being isolated in my room or in hospital bed’s really took a tool on me mentally and physically. Eventually, I realized it’s easy to think of all the things you hate about yourself and life.

One day I came to a realization that feeling self pity does nothing for me. I don’t want to feel like this for the rest of my life. While I cannot control my pain and my illness I can still enjoy all life has to offer. I can go outside and feel the warmth of the sun, I can chase my dreams, I can make new friends and have new experiences, Changing my story, my attitudes and my thoughts can change my life. For the rest of my life I simply want to enjoy it and put my best foot forward everyday.

I want to get my education so I can be a forensic scientist which is my dream job. I want to travel the world with friends and eat different types of cuisines. I would like to take up new hobbies like painting, cooking, or gardening. I see myself practicing self care and being gentle with myself. I want to take care of my health as best as I can, practice positivity, and be grateful for the life I have while I have it.

I don’t have big dreams of being super rich or famous. For the rest of my life I want to go after my dreams and seek happiness and fun times and not dwell on the negatives. Life is a balance. If I am sad I know that I will be happy again and vice versa.

Old Wreckage, New Generations

Let’s learn through the past and present to lead our lives towards something better. 

These wreckage of issues and situations that came before us must be put out with a fight. 

It might’ve came through family, friends, a neighborhood or a messed up ideaology. 

I’ll never deny the faults of high power.

But there comes ultimate accountability and responsibility for detrimental decisions. 

No more blaming outsiders for the problems. 

No more dependence on the government.

No more changing one mindset.

Build your character and redeem yourself 

Build that money that’ll shape your house.

Cause soon your house demolishes as you perish.

I’ll never deny the evolution of humanity 

But please be careful on your dependence

On the ones you trust

The ones you hate

The materials you adore

And the time you got.

If you know who you are at heart

Then don’t allow makeup to conceal yourself

Concealed in the shape of

Comments that wrecks the nerve

Likes that boosts your adrenaline

Hate that fuels your response 

And thoughts that questions yourself

natural body

natural skill

natural beauty

And natural elements of this life can’t be taken for granted.

Guarding it for life because once it’s violated those scars will bring flashbacks. 

A new realization allows me to connect to all of us

Old generations

that are full of ignorance 

to coming of age  

to a new society 

to taboo topics 

and the self awareness 

to who we can be

Admit the struggles

once faced in life

Is this a warning 

Or is it advice?

Is it love 

Or is it hate?

You consider the value it means to you

As the messenger of this poem is only here to settle you into an endless story. 

“Fragments of a sinner’s heart”

Inside of me lives a sinner 

Not just any sinner a

Sinner at heart 

On certain days I ache to die for love because 

You were the forbidden fruit

I crave to savor 

I crave to feel,touch

I knew I wanted your kisses 

And even my heart prayed 

For your love 

Because my body desire it 

      It only wanted your hands 

40 days I waited

40 days lost in the mist of torture and thirst 

In the end I knew the consequences 

Even if it broke me 

From there I bloomed in holy water 

As if the fragments of the heart arteries 

Desires  no longer existed 

I was asked if i fulfill 

The duty of the prophecy 

I only answered with

I was condemned to be a 

Sinner at heart 

sincerely,

Rosalind Hernandez

what do I want to do for the rest of my life?

To be honest thinking, about what i want to do for the rest of my life sounds very  scary considering how young i am still because i believe theres a lot of things i still need to learn about life specially and living in america.One thing for sure is that i will become a clinical psychologist or something within the jurisdiction of the psychology area.because i want nothing more than to help people with mental illness especially in minority communities ,i want to wipe out stigmas and myths that surrounds mental healthcare as a whole.In the long run i would like to open or become apart of a organization that would help women and young girls in environmental settings that are poorly, around the world to provide healthcare services,education in sex,and literacy of healthy relationships etc.

best of,

Rosalind Hernandez