October 2008, Volume 12, Number 8


Graduates transfer to nation's top schools

 Hundreds of recent graduates of Miami Dade College are starting their junior years at the nation’s top universities.

After returning from a summer internship at Stanford University, North Campus graduate Rudy Joly transferred to Johns Hopkins with two of his classmates. One student, Wolfson Campus’ Katrin Nusshold, joins the Ivy League’s Columbia University.

A record five students have transferred to Georgetown University: Juan Gómez of Kendall Campus; Sebastián Velásquez of InterAmerican Campus; María Sevilla and Alejandro Gutiérrez of Wolfson Campus; and Lázaro Zamara of North Campus.

Three students will complete their undergraduate studies at the top-ranked liberal arts school, Williams College. Among them is North Campus’ Barbara Cymring, who turned down offers from several schools, including the Ivy League’s
Cornell University.

North Campus’ Michael Bonilla-Ramírez joins the Fighting Irish at the University of Notre Dame. At least three students are transferring to Georgia Tech, including Tessi Ludena of Kendall Campus, and three have gone to New York University, among them Elizaveta Panova of Wolfson Campus and Andrea Trabucco-Campos of InterAmerican Campus.

MDC’s graduates are also continuing their studies at the University of Texas-Austin, Emerson, Towson, Howard, Bates, the University of Washington and the University of Florida, among many other institutions included in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2009.”

While MDC officials celebrate the success of these students, they are not surprised at the number of high-caliber transfers. Each year, the College propels its students to the highest levels of academic achievement. In years past, MDC graduates have gone to Yale, Harvard, Smith, Emory and Stanford, to name but a few.

“It is difficult to see our students leave after having had them for two years; however, it is so refreshing to speak with them when they return after having completed their baccalaureate degrees,” said Dr. Alexandria Holloway, dean of The Honors College. “They return so much more mature, so independent, so wise and so eager to move into their next experience, whether it is graduate or professional school, or a career.”

For example:

John Hernández, an ‘06 graduate, earned his bachelor’s in engineering from Georgia Tech and is working as an instrumentation and controls systems engineer at FPL’s Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant.

Burr Fong, also an ‘06 graduate, completed his bachelor’s at Amherst. While preparing for the Medical College Admission Test, Fong is gaining valuable experience in the emergency trauma unit at Baptist Homestead Hospital.

Graduate Latisha Barnes, who earned her bachelor’s in psychology from Howard University, recently reported that she would continue her studies in the graduate program at Florida State University.

“Because ... of you, I am better prepared to succeed” she told her professors and advisors. “Thank you for your words of wisdom, constructive criticism and passion for teaching.”

— Gariot P. Louima

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