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Krystle Dookoo says the Honors Program is the
reason why she calls New York her home. Krystle is celebrating an anniversary
of her own this year—it’s been ten years since she came to the United States
from her home in Trinidad. In her own words, “taking HN150 and learning about New York made it a home,
and not just a place I came to for college.” Graduating with the second class of Honors students, Krystle
earned her Bachelor’s in Business with a minor in Hospitality Management.
Krystle is still part of the Monroe family. As a full-time
employee, she has spent most of her career working in international admissions.
Today, she has the privilege of building the student population for the new
Queens extension site. She believes it’s her mission to inspire students.
Krystle is currently working on a book of her experiences. She hopes it will be
published in the near future.
She was among some of the first students to represent Monroe at
Honors conferences. She recalls going to conferences with Professor Jewett and
having fun while presenting her work. “Inspirational and life-changing” are how Krystle describes Honors. “Honors made me love research and
writing even more. And I’m even a good public speaker, thanks to Honors.” Krystle believes students should
consider joining Honors. She’s glad she did. The girl from Trinidad is now a
mature and inspiring young professional herself.
Omar Newell graduated from the Honors Program
in Fall 2007 with his Bachelor’s in Business Management. He then went on to
earn his law degree from Northwestern University in 2011. Omar has had a distinguished
career since his graduation.
One of his many achievements has been starting NCG Legal.
Omar networks with multiple law firms throughout the United States, including one in New Rochelle,
and uses his network to assist these firms in managing legal matters cost-effectively.
However, Omar is also a true humanitarian. Serving his
community is, as he says, “second
he serves as Director of Community Services for the National Youth Service in
his home country of Jamaica.
When asked of his Honors experience, he says it was “transformational.” He elaborated by saying, “Honors allowed me to interact with
so many people. And my experience in HN250 [the American Presidency] really
impacted my own perception of what makes a leader. I believe leaders create
situations and not the other way around.”
Omar also attributes his fondness for public
speaking to Honors, and he urges current students to develop and hone their
public speaking skills. He leaves the Honors community with this thought: “Take advantage of the opportunities
presented to you in Honors. Be reflective and concern yourself with causes that
are bigger than yourselves.”
Timothy Simpson began the Honors Program in his
very first semester at Monroe College in Fall 2006. He graduated with his
Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management in 2009. On being placed as an Honors
student in his first semester, Timothy says, “I thought I’d give it a shot.”
Five years later, Timothy has a career that
would inspire many young hospitality professionals. He started out with an
internship as a bellman. After graduating, he was promoted to the front office,
where he eventually became a supervisor. He then was elevated to Property
Manager. Now he serves as the General Manager for Hotel Zero Degrees, a
division of the Greenwich Hospitality Group. He oversees the management and
success of two new boutique hotels. While originally from Trinidad and Tobago,
he now resides in New Rochelle.
Reflecting on his Honors experience, he has strong memories of some
Honors courses, particularly HN150: The Honors Experience. He says, “It was a really different, totally
enriching experience.” He
couldn’t help but laugh when he recalled the Circle Line Tour of NYC with the
tour guide who wouldn’t stop talking!
Timothy encourages current and future students to take full
advantage of Honors. He describes his experience as “enriching,” and advises “it will enrich you beyond what you
can imagine, and what you get from it will carry on with you for life.”
Camille Forde is now the proud owner of Camilla J. Couture, an elite clothing line that provides sophistication to the modern woman. She opened her doors about a year ago. Camille designs all the clothing she sells (it’s manufactured in nearby Manhattan). “I always wanted to have a clothing store, and now I do.” However, making that dream a reality wasn’t easy.
As it turns out, Camille graduated from the Honors Program in 2009 with her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She then went on to earn her Master’s degree from our very own King Graduate School. She secured a corporate position, but realized that she should use her Honors and graduate skill set to start her own business. She did what few have the bravery to do and left to start Camilla J.
Being part of the Honors Program, Camille says, “prepared me for the bulk of work grad school challenged me with.” She continues, “Honors pushed me to do more.” The drive to achieve has stuck with Camille.
In one word, she describes her Honors experience as “challenging.” When asked to give advice to current and prospective Honors students she says, “Be sure to stick in there and finish it. In the end, it’s well worth it.”