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Student Stories

ASAP at HOSTOS serves a vibrant group of students. These students represent a broad range of ages, backgrounds, and academic aspirations. ASAP has been a powerful influence in their lives—read their ASAP story.


Hostos engineering student and 2016 valedictorian, Wendy Fernández might not look like your typical engineer, but she is part of a growing number of female students who are trying to change this educational anomaly. Fernández, who hails from the Dominican Republic, has been interested in engineering from an early age. She said while other young children were watching cartoons, she found herself glued to the Discovery Channel.



“…I realized then that I had a void that hadn’t been filled. My father’s words came back to haunt me: “YOU ARE GOING TO REGRET IT.” My husband and I sat down to discuss me going back to school and what it would mean to us… Let’s just say the rest is history. So never give up, anything is possible. I stand before you as proof.” […]



My advisor was there for me whether the issue concerned school or not. The career advisement specialist helped me with my professionalism, helping me to make my resume more marketable and preparing me for prospective interviews with mock ones. The ASAP staff were easily accessible to me and became people who I trust and confide in… I get goose bumps wondering how I could have done all of this on my own.” […]


If you are interested in participating in the ASAP program, please contact Chrystal Joseph, at 718.664.2646 or by email at