Alumni Stories

March 22, 2021
    Psychology MA Graduate Adam Qureshi: It’s OK to Not Know What You Want to Do Adam Qureshi, an alumnus of the Psychology MA program, is now a data analyst at Rockefeller University. In this interview, he tells about how he discovered his love for statistics, and how faculty at the Colin Powell School helped him make the career-altering realization that he wanted to be a researcher, not a clinician. Tell me a little about your background.  I was born and raised on Long Island, NY, and I am half Pakistani and half Greek. Before I came to CCNY, I finished up my undergrad at… Read More »


March 22, 2021
    “Find a Mentor”: Elaine Johnson, Valedictorian and Founder of TheStylishNomads.com, on Her Colin Powell School Journey   After graduating as the valedictorian of the Colin Powell School in 2017, Elaine Johnson went on to found TheStylishNomads.com and is currently pursuing a doctorate in psychology. In this interview, Elaine discusses her youth in Harlem, her participation in CCNY’s SEEK program, and the mentorship she received from professors in the Department of Psychology.  Where are you from and what is your background? Please share your story.   I was born in Harlem… Read More »


March 01, 2021
  Valuing Non-Traditional Paths: Kelsie O’Leary Brings a Passion for Education from the Classroom to Political Campaigns   Kelsie O’Leary is currently the mobilization director at Brad Hoylman for Borough President, one of several campaign jobs she has dedicated herself to while taking a gap year before finishing her degree in Political Science at the Colin Powell School. With a passion for education, Kelsie is interested in working to elect people who she can trust to prioritize education and work to address inequity in our public schools. This mission has driven Kelsie to… Read More »


March 01, 2021
    Decolonizing Museums: Student Catie Hernandez Combines Art and Activism   Anthropology and Art History major Catie Hernandez is a Macaulay Honors student and Co-President of the Macaulay Feminist Society. In this interview, Catie discusses how CCNY has created the perfect setting for her to combine her love of art and activism, and for her to be able to one day preserve the cultural heritages of traditionally disenfranchised peoples.      Please tell me a little about your background.   I am from a small Long Island town called Babylon. Despite growing up in an… Read More »


March 01, 2021
  Explore as Much as You Can: Riley Tinney’s Path to Stanford Law School   Colin Powell School graduate Riley Tinney is currently a law student at Stanford University. In this interview, she discusses her fascination with using economic data to help solve social problems, her participation in student activism, her decision to join the Peace Corps in Nicaragua after graduation, and how CCNY faculty helped her on her path to law school.     Please tell me a little about your background.    I grew up in Pullman, a small town in eastern Washington State. I was so eager to… Read More »


February 08, 2021
  Julian Abreu   1.     Please tell me a little about your background.  I am an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. I moved with my parents and a few of my siblings to Brooklyn, NY when I was 15. I spoke very little English at that time. But with the help and support of my parents, teachers, classmates, and tutors (and working very hard to conjugate the verb “to be” for a few years), I graduated Salutatorian of my high school and enrolled in City College.  2.     What brought you to City College, and what motivated you to study what you did? The Engineering and Economics… Read More »


February 08, 2021
  Dharamjeet Singh 1.     Please tell me a little about your background.  I am from Burma and I immigrated to the United States about 7 years ago. I came here for college. I was able to get permanent residency. I went to school for a bit in California then transferred over to New York. I continued my education with CUNY at BMCC and then transferred to City College. Now I work as a legislative correspondent in the US House of Representatives. 2.     What brought you to City College?  When I finished my associate’s degree and it was time to transfer, I was surprised to see that… Read More »


January 19, 2021
Dream Big, Test the Road, Build Relationships, and Adapt: Anika Islam on Her Path to Morgan Stanley and Columbia Business School Like many immigrant children, Anika Islam learned to grow up fast. Originally from Bangladesh, Islam was a teenager when her family decided to return to their homeland and she found herself living in New York City on her own. She became an honor student, attending Stuyvesant High School and then the City College Honors Program, all while waiting tables to pay the rent. A curious student of political economy, Islam developed a keen interest in… Read More »


November 16, 2020
    Ricardo Anez Carrasquel ‘20 1.     Where are you from and what is your background? I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. At age 7, I moved with my family to Cheyenne, Wyoming. I always get asked, “why Wyoming?” Like many immigrants, we move to where we have connections. My aunt was our anchor here in the United States and she was living there at the time. I was fortunate to get to travel a lot while growing up in Wyoming. Like most kids and teens that grow up in small towns, I wanted out. I turned 18 in 2012 and that May, I graduated high school. Four months after that, I… Read More »


October 05, 2020
  Colin Powell School graduate and former Colin Powell Fellow Dr. Jay-Sheree Allen ‘11 was recently awarded the Townsend Harris Medal by the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of the City College of New York. The award recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding postgraduate achievement in their chosen field. Although she is young, Dr. Jay-Sheree has already made a mark in the medical field, pursuing her goal to focus on underserved communities.  Dr. Allen, a family medicine physician currently residing in Central Minnesota, has made it a goal to serve… Read More »


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