Our SEEK Alumni

Orubba Almansouri 

SEEK ALUMNI SINCE 2016 -  English & History


“For centuries, this city has been the gateway to America for so many striving, hope-filled immigrants -- folks who left behind everything they knew to seek out this land of opportunity that they dreamed of. And so many of those folks, for  them, this school was the gateway to actually realizing that opportunity in their lives, founded on the fundamental truth that talent and ambition know no distinctions of race, nationality, wealth, or fame, and dedicated to the ideals that our Founding Fathers put forth more than two centuries ago: That we are all created equal, all entitled to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." City College became a haven for brilliant, motivated students of every background, a place where they didn't have to hide their last names or their accents, or put on any kind of airs because the students at this school were selected based not on pedigree, but on merit, and merit alone.” .

@michelleobama hugs salutatorian Orubba Almansouri after delivering the keynote address at the 2016 @ccnycitycollege Commencement. Repost @cunyedu 

See Orubba Almansouri salutatorian speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIzGfAsl1PQ&feature=youtu.be

Cristian N Alvarado

SEEK ALUMNI SINCE 2018 -  Business Management

Cristian N Alvarado is a BROOKLYN native, part of the class of 2018 with a degree in Business Management. During his time as an undergrad, Cristian was involved with different organizations both in and out of the SEEK program. Initially starting as a SEEK Mentor and Scholar, he looked for ways to be more active in the SEEK community, eventually serving as President of the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Student Chapter, President of the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society, and became the 2018 SEEK Graduate of the Year. Outside of SEEK and CCNY, Cristian dedicated his time to mentoring kids within the neighborhood while also serving as a volunteer Basketball Coach. Not only was Cristian a servant of his community, while in college he joined the Manhattan College Air Force ROTC program and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He is currently stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas training to become a Pilot in the NATO Alliance. Cristian attributes much of his success to the SEEK program and his counselor, Dr. Gregory Thompson.

Ariel Obando

SEEK ALUMNI SINCE 2018 - Electrical Engineering

Ariel Obando was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. During his time in college, he interned at several tech companies, startups and also worked for SEEK as a lab technician. His campus involvement led him to joining/leading several on-campus initiatives in which he represented SEEK in professional development conferences nationwide and entrepreneurship events at Stanford University as a University Innovation Fellow. Ariel is currently an Inside System Engineer at Nutanix, enabling customers to adopt innovative ways of managing their datacenter through software. Ariel currently resides in Silicon Valley with his fiancee Maryann and their two kids, Gianna and Angelo.

Skavi Ballinas

SEEK ALUMNI SINCE FALL 2019 Mechanical Engineering 

Skavi Ballinas graduated in fall of 2019 and majored in Mechanical Engineering. Skavi started college in the fall of 2014 and felt fortunate to be part of the SEEK program. She benefited from the services and resources provided such as counseling and mentoring that she needed as a first generation college student. The tutoring she received also really helped her understand and grasp the material taught in her class. Outside of SEEK, Skavi was also an active member in LAESA-SHPE, Society of Hispanic Engineers, being part of the executive board from 2016-2017. She helped coordinate events such as First LEGO League and Pre - College Engineering Day to teach the younger generation about careers in the STEM field. Most importantly as a City College of New York alumni, she values the friendships and relationships that she established all thanks to the SEEK program and will forever be thankful for that. Post graduating Skavi, is now working as a Manufacturing Engineer with Procter and Gamble (P&G) in the Baby Care department.