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THE MATH SUMMER BRIDGE TESTIMONIALS

IMPROVING THE MATH READINESS OF INCOMING FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS TO CCNY

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Made possible with the Support of the United States Department of Education

Saya Ueno

Saya is an incoming Biology major from Brooklyn, NY who enrolled in the Advanced Algebra course with CiPASS this summer.

How has the Summer Bridge Program helped you?
“I was really scared about starting college, but now that I went through this program it has been an assertion that I can do it!” Saya learned that “college is possible and manageable if you change your study habits and are not afraid to step out and meet other people ask for help.”

Why do you think Prof. Dean and your TA, Ashia, nominated you?
“Probably because I am not shy. I am not afraid to ask questions. I am a person that has to know what she is doing, so if I don’t know I will find out a way to find the answer. I am not going to sit there and not do anything. I am going to use the resources around me to find an answer.”

Yacinda Hernandez

Yacinda is an incoming Biotechnology student, thinking about switching to Biomedical Engineering. Yacinda was enrolled in our Advanced Algebra course this summer.

How has the Summer Bridge Program helped you so far?
When I did Algebra and Trigonometry in high school, I feel like I didn’t learn anything. But it was more on the environment of the classroom than the teacher. Here it is different because everyone is on the same mindset of wanting to succeed and do better. So it is a different headspace.

You mentioned responsibility, can you expand on that a little more?
In my high school, we were always notified when we were having exams. Our teachers would email us the day of when we were going to have an exam. Here, my professor reminds us, but I know that not all professors will do that. So I have a planner that I keep with me, and that’s where I take notes on all my exams and homeworks and when they are due.

Yanet Flores Herrera

Yanet is an incoming student who is undecided about her major, but is thinking about majoring in Civil Engineering. Yanet took our Advanced Algebra course this summer.

“The program showed me not only academic lessons, but life lessons. It showed me the opportunities to what CCNY offers. All CCNY wants from us is success.

Why do you think your professor nominated you?
The first exam I got a 60, then I got a 70, then I got an 80 and the last one I got a 95… So I think my professor and TA saw my persistence. I love math, so I couldn’t see the correlation between loving math and getting a 60 in a quiz. So they saw that I have been improving.

What has been the best part of everything you have mentioned?
The importance of speaking out. I got out of my comfort zone. And staying in your comfort zone, isn’t going to take you where you want to get. The best thing was to open up to network.

What Students Get Out of Summer Bridge

  • I was able to get into the habit of studying and staying on top of my work. I have a really great foundation and I'm doing very well in my math class right now. Because of CiPASS, I was exposed to the college workload before the semester actually started, so I'm not struggling with keeping up with my math class. I'm not making the same silly mistakes now that I would make on my exams during my time at CiPASS. I've gained an immense amount of confidence in my math skills and I haven't performed poorly on a single quiz or exam. I'm currently rank #1 out of 50 in my math class, but this is because CiPASS has helped me get into the habit of spending time outside of class improving my math/study skills.

    Computer Science major, 2019
  • I was able to move on to the next math course. However I was able to remember the math I had done in my first year of high school and I was also able to make new friends who were also interested in my major. Lastly, I was able to get a feel for how the school is and the staff members. 

    Biology major, 2019

What Do Past Students Say to Those Considering Summer Bridge?

  • The Summer Bridge Program is only there to help you so you don’t fall behind. Apart from refreshing your mind on math you get to experience how the campus is and you could make new friends. This program helps you feel less stressed out when you start school because you already got the feel of how a typical college course runs.

    Biology major, 2019
  • I would tell them that if they feel strongly about majoring in whatever they want to major in and that major requires you to have a strong foundation, definitely participate in Summer Bridge. You only have to dedicate one summer to this program to do well for the rest of your time at CCNY. It's worth it!

    Computer Science major, 2019
  • If you want to become acclimated to college life, whether that be travel or planning, then do it. You're in college now so no one is forcing you to do anything like taking this class, but if you take it you won't regret it.

    Biology and Psychology major, 2019

What Students Say about Their Summer Bridge Experience

  • "At first, I was fixed on the fact that I would be behind on my math classes. However, by participating in CiPASS, my math skills are better than they were before."

    Computer Science major, 2019
  • "Overall the Summer Bridge program was really helpful. While taking my math course it really helped refresh my mind on all the previous math I’ve done. This program also helped me navigate through the school more easily when I officially started."

    Biology major, 2019
  • Summer Bridge was very rigorous, but it was very easy for me once I got the hang of it. Quizzes were given almost everyday and exams were given once a week. The first exam helped me figure out how I was going to go about completing the program. I stayed after class almost everyday with the TA and got a lot of help! CiPASS taught me that I have to dedicate a lot of my time outside of class to do as well in math. I watched a lot of tutorials on YouTube, did many practice problems along with the homework, went over my professor's notes, and fixed all of the questions I missed on quizzes and exams. This routine, including staying after class, made the class easier and my grades only went up from there. I had an amazing professor and I believe he's the reason why my math skills are as good as they are now!

    Computer Science major, 2019

Summer Bridge and CCNY

  • It definitely made me think that CCNY wanted me to not only challenge myself in my college journey, but also start getting used to the college environment.

    Science major (undeclared), 2019
  • Attending the program helped with getting used to CCNY. It was a great way to get used to transportation methods and experience what the campus was like.

    Bramhadev Mechanical Engineering major, 2019
  • CCNY provides many programs to help students to achieve their goals, and I appreciate that.

    Chemistry major, 2019

Yanet Flores Herrera

Yanet is an incoming student who is undecided about her major, but is thinking about majoring in Civil Engineering. Yanet took our Advanced Algebra course this summer.

“The program showed me not only academic lessons, but life lessons. It showed me the opportunities to what CCNY offers. All CCNY wants from us is success.”

“The first exam I got a 60, then I got a 70, then I got an 80 and the last one I got a 95… I think my professor and TA saw my persistence. I love math, so I couldn’t see the correlation between loving math and getting a 60 in a quiz. So they saw that I have been improving.”

“I got out of my comfort zone. And staying in your comfort zone, isn’t going to take you where you want to get. The best thing was to open up to network.”

Saya Ueno

Saya is an incoming Biology major from Brooklyn, NY who enrolled in the Advanced Algebra course with CiPASS this summer.

“I was really scared about starting college, but now that I went through this program it has been an assertion that I can do it!” Saya learned that “college is possible and manageable if you change your study habits and are not afraid to step out and meet other people ask for help.”

“I am not afraid to ask questions. I am a person that has to know what she is doing, so if I don’t know I will find out a way to find the answer. I am not going to sit there and not do anything. I am going to use the resources around me to find an answer.”