Bronx

Monroe College's Bronx campus is an ideal urban campus located in the bustling Fordham section.

New Rochelle

Located in downtown New Rochelle, the Monroe College New Rochelle campus is nestled in a diverse, thriving suburban community in Westchester County.

St. Lucia

The scenic Monroe College St. Lucia campus in Barnard Hill Castries on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia combines the best of many worlds.

Queens

Monroe's Queens Extension Center is located in the heart of downtown Flushing, a vibrant and ethnically mixed district of Queens.

  • Krystle

    Krystle Dookoo, Class of 2006

    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

    Omar Newell, Class of 2007

    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 nature.” Today, 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

    Timothy Simpson, Class of 2009

    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

    Camille Forde, Class of 2009

    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.
    Couture.

    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.”