Rebecca Leger is currently finishing up a degree in Biology at New York City College of Technology. We talked to her as she is finishing up the year about what it has been like for her as a JFEW Scholar.
JFEW: What has been the most meaningful lesson you have learned or experience that you have had while in college?
RL: One of the most meaningful lessons I have learned while in college is the importance of time management. When I first started school I was really bad at waiting for the last minute to study or write a paper. I made a promise to myself to start working and studying for things weeks in advance. That way I wouldn't have a lot of work to complete as the deadline or test approaches.
JFEW: What accomplishment during your time in college are you proudest of?
RL: During my time in college, the thing I am most proud of is completing my bachelor’s degree in Biology in four years. This is important to me because when I was a freshman, my adviser told me I wouldn't graduate in four years because most people in this major don't.
JFEW: What does being a JFEW Scholar mean to you?
RL: Being a JFEW Scholar has taught me to believe in myself and to work hard towards my goals despite the many obstacles that I have faced in my life. Being a JFEW Scholar means that I am paving a path in which many young girls may follow. As a scholar, I represent the progress for young women like myself to achieve their goals.
JFEW: How do you envision your future when you graduate? What do you hope to do?
RL: I envision myself working as a hygienist providing quality health care to people in my community. I hope I will be able to help my brother finish his education.