Nick Curreri wasn’t expecting many surprises when he enrolled at CCC. His mom is an alumna and majored in the same subject area Nick was considering. He knew the professors were good. He also knew CCC was a great college, made sweeter when he earned a Presidential Scholarship. This scholarship guarantees that he can earn his associate degree with no tuition debt, because of his academic standing in high school. As he is preparing to graduate later this month, Nick shared two things that did surprise him: the opportunity to complete a career-defining internship and the long list of intangible lessons he learned from his professors.
“Most community colleges do not have internship opportunities,” said Nick, who completed a paid internship with World Kitchen. Nick was able to take advantage of this opportunity because World Kitchen contacted the college looking for students to apply for the job. “I spent one month learning about the accounting profession. I learned that sitting at a desk all day is not for me and it cemented the fact that accounting is not my preferred profession.”
He is not entirely sure what he will do after he earns his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo, where he will begin in the fall. He believes his place is somewhere in the marketing or sales field.
“I knew from the beginning that I wanted to transfer,” said Nick, who will do so with full junior standing. “I am transferring the maximum number of credits allowed.”
This isn’t by accident. Nick talked to the transfer specialists at all the baccalaureate schools he was considering and worked closely with CCC’s transfer specialist to make sure he was taking the right classes.
However, as he considers the classes on his transcripts and all that he has learned, Nick knows that the most important lessons he learned at CCC will not be found on any piece of paper.
“I really appreciate the real-life examples my professors used to explain concepts in the books,” said Nick. “When I look back at my time at CCC, though, I’m also going to remember the life lessons my professors taught me. I will always remember the relationships I have built with many of the faculty and staff. They were incredible models: I learned humility, professionalism, and they taught me the power of integrity. I could not have learned these things in a book, and I know I cannot succeed without them.”