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April Glassey

What LIU Promise Means to Me

The LIU Promise provides students with the support they need to succeed. My favorite part of the program is seeing students develop from the time they start here as new freshman into capable professionals by the time they graduate.

Goals Big and Small

Success can be defined by the achievement of the goals that you set for yourself. The goals can be big, like graduating college, or small, like joining a club to get more involved on campus.

A Proud Coach

It’s always rewarding to see students achieve something they did not think was possible. Having a student-athlete come running in excited because they finally rose above a 3.0 GPA was a great moment. It’s also nice to see the student-athletes give back to the community. I’m always proud of how involved they are.

Favorite Food

Anything covered in hot sauce!

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Vanessa Cruz

Offering Guidance Through the Application Process

College students need assistance in seeking funding to finance their education. We as coaches are knowledgeable in the scholarship application process. This is something unique we offer to equip students with the tools to provide a winning application.

Definition of Success

Success is setting a goal and doing your best to obtain it. Success is the understanding that obstacles will get in the way, but despite the challenges you are able to move forward. Success is satisfaction with the end result even if it wasn’t exactly as you had envisioned it.

Favorite Movie

The Breakfast Club. Each time it’s on TV I watch it. I enjoy the concept of strangers from different walks of life joining together for one afternoon and through discussion and challenges, they establish a bond. Initial impressions with people are not always accurate. Having an open mind and through some discussion, you may realize you have more in common than initially thought.

A Proud Coach

To have a student recognize me from orientation and be excited that I was her coach—she felt that I was the best person to guide her since she was familiar with me.

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James Clarke

Why LIU Promise?

The decision to attend college is one of the most important, potentially life-transforming decisions a person can make. The LIU Promise means engaging with a student holistically, recognizing that the university experience at its best concerns growth in all areas of a student’s life—intellectually, socially, and professionally. The LIU Promise, with its array of resources, facilitates really getting to know a student and assisting them on all those levels.

The Ingredients of Success

Success is helping students to achieve self-awareness about their goals, a realistic sense of the steps needed to achieve their goals, and a knowledge of all the resources available on campus to assist them. Success is increasing a student’s capacity for problem-solving and independent decision-making with regard to their academic and career goals.

A Rewarding Experience

Every year at graduation, I see students whom I know have struggled more than most to get to that moment in their lives. I know how hard they have worked, what personal and academic obstacles they have surmounted, and the many junctures from semester to semester where things could have gone awry if not for someone's personal attention to an issue (a caring teacher, a patient financial aid adviser, a concerned dean, etc.). Their stories are particular and individual. Knowing I have been a part of their lives at LIU and made some difference in helping them graduate is extremely moving and rewarding.

The Importance of Self-Assessment

I find that students, especially in the first two years of college, often need to practice self-assessment. It is helpful to do this with a more experienced person who can ask guiding questions and suggest possible solutions. How are your classes going? What steps have you taken to address that problem? The fit between a student’s aspirations, the current level of their academic skills, the pace at which they hope to achieve their goals, and their chosen major can sometimes be a mismatch. It is important for a student to discuss his or her academic progress in detail and to identify what barriers are preventing them from doing well in his or her studies. Sometimes these barriers are not strictly academic but relate to poor time management, financial or personal difficulty, or unrealistic expectations. Self-assessment can help the student to make the right choices to correct missteps.

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Winifred Shih

Why LIU Promise?

Personal and intellectual growth does not happen in isolation. My friends, family members, and professors have been my “coaches” over the years, and it is what I would like to do for my students.

What is a Mentor?

Think Mister Miyagi from The Karate Kid, or for younger audiences, think of Will Smith’s role in the movie Hitch. Success looks differently for everyone, but we can all use some help in achieving our goals.

Definition of Success

Becoming the person you were created to be.

Favorite Movie

Too many to count, but whenever I’m sick I watch The Lord of the Rings on repeat.

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Janine Harris

What LIU Promise Means to Me

LIU Promise is all about creating relationships! Students are paired with a Success Coach for their entire time at LIU, which allows both to get to know each other on many levels. Getting to know students beyond their major and class schedule is my favorite part!

Why LIU Promise?

I started at LIU Brooklyn three years ago, looking for a place to work that encouraged staff and students to get involved outside their classrooms or offices. LIU Brooklyn does all, and working here has allowed me to advise honor society Alpha Lambda Delta, take students to conferences, and even dress up as the LIU Blackbird! I’ve also had the chance to see students in leadership roles, performing community service and obtaining competitive internships. These opportunities make LIU Brooklyn unique and the LIU Promise encourages these types of experiences—making it a great fit for me!

A Proud Coach

At our LIU Brooklyn Career and Internship Fair, I was recruiting for some of our leadership positions. I was so excited to see many of my students at the fair speaking to employers, including me!

Favorite Movie

Any Harry Potter movie!

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Justine Butler

What LIU Promise Means to Me

The LIU Promise means that I have the opportunity to cultivate meaningful, long-lasting relationships with students. Serving as a Success Coach through graduation really allows me to get to know them, inside and outside of their academic lives.

Building a Relationship

The relationship between a Success Coach and a student is one that is based on commitment, trust, openness, and shared experiences. It’s important to see students outside of an advising session so we see them in class, at workshops, during athletics, and at career fairs and student life events. They know we see them as more than a number.

A Proud Coach

One of my proudest moments was assisting two students in receiving an emergency hardship grant. I helped them complete the application and served as a reference. Now they are able to register for the next semester and continue their studies at LIU Brooklyn.

Last Book Read

Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto by Abraham Cahan.