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Meet your GAC Adviser:

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Amy Berrios, M.S.

My name is Annemarie Berrios.  I am an academic adviser at the Gateway Academic Center (GAC).  I hold a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Mercy College and a Master's of Science in Counseling .

As a child, I always wanted to be a teacher.  I never gave any other profession a thought.  It is what I was going to be and there was no deviating from that path.  However, I never realized how difficult teaching could be until after I tried it.  I learned early on in my educational path that teaching was not for me.

Now what???  I didn't know what to do.  All I had thought about was teaching.  I felt lost.  I had no clue as to what I would do once I graduated with my Bachelor's degree.  

While working towards my Bachelor's in Psychology, I was also a student worker in the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) at the college.  I worked as a receptionist. I learned a lot on the job but I still could not help feeling lost.  I knew I could do so much more once I earned my degree. In my senior year, I was offered a job at the Financial Aid Office as a counselor.  I enjoyed working one-on-one with the students.  Assisting students and their families finance their education was definitely a fulfilling job.  I realized that I really enjoyed working in higher education. I was on the right path.

I continued my studies and eventually attained my Master's of Science in Counseling.  And although I enjoyed working in Financial Aid, I wanted to experience the academic side of higher education.  Shortly after, I was offered a position as an academic adviser.  This was my opportunity to experience something different.   Being part of guiding students to completion of their degree was very rewarding.  I knew then that I had found my "dream job."

Although I had one career choice in mind most of my young life, experiences and opportunities along the way led me to be where I am today.  I did not become a psychologist or a family counselor as many assumed I would because of the degrees I held.  

Twenty years later, I still enjoy coming to work every day and helping students successfully navigate their degree requirements.  

So you see, your major doesn't always dictate what you will do for the rest of your life.  It can opens up doors to many different paths.  Then it is up to you to decide which path to take.

GAC NEWS AND VIEWS

Don't Study Hard! Study Smart!

Your brain learns in surprising ways!  This brief article offers new strategies for learning!

Do what you Love? Or, What you Must?

Is it just self-fulfillment that you must aim for?  Or, should an idea of service to others also guide your choice of career?

Ditch that Laptop! Take Notes by Hand

Psychologists conduct an experiment to test memory and comprehension after a class.  Those students who take notes long-hand do better on comprehension than those who use laptops.  

How do Liberal Arts Majors Fare in the Long-Run, Career-Wise?

They may in fact make more than those in the professional fields.  Most studies of how majors prepare students for careers only look at salaries upon graduation.  This study takes a longitudinal view--over the working lifetimes of graduates in different majors.  This report may surprise you.

Free Tuition at SUNY & CUNY?

State Assemblyman James Skoufis (D, Woodbury) "proposed legislation on Tuesday to provide free undergraduate tuition for all students who have been admitted to SUNY or CUNY and who fulfill requirements of community service and residency after graduation."

The STEM-Crisis Myth

Is there really a shortage of science and tech graduates to fill available jobs? Indeed, as this article explains, there may be a surplus.

More than One Career

Martin L. Gross, a CCNY engineering grad, had more than one career in a long productive life.

Try A Little Kindness

A different take on success

How to Get a Job

This New York Times article by Thomas L. Friedman quotes Harvard Education expert, Tony Wagner, who says that the "world doesn't care any more about your what you  know but 'what you do with what you know.'"

Will a Robot take your Job?

It has been predicted that sometime in the 2030s robots will outnumber us.  What does that mean for your future?

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