Student Writing: Convention Paper by Kammy Kamanpreet

April 25, 2018

In March, four Plaza College students attended the National Sigma Tau Delta/Sigma Kappa Delta conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kammy Kamanpreet presented her original paper about the book I Too Had a Love Story by Ravinder SinghRead an excerpt from her presentation below.

Something is definitely special about reading books. I don’t remember when I become a bibliophile, even though I read many books, but in 2012 I discovered an author who would ultimately change my life forever: Ravinder Singh…

His writing was especially meaningful to me because I was struggling with many constraints in my life. I am from an Indian background where women are mostly viewed only as accomplished mothers, courteous wives, and obedient daughters. Not independent women. According to some orthodox people in my home country, a perfect woman is the one who remains within the boundaries of the four walls of her home.

Then, I moved to the United States as an immigrant in 2015.

Adjusting to life in the United States was not easy at all. I started attending college, but the fast-paced life in New York was overwhelming. In addition, I left my parents in India and had almost no support. Even when I was somewhere physically, I was somewhere else mentally. I began to struggle with depression. One day, my anxiety led me to have a terrifying panic attack.

At the time I should be enjoying my life in a new country, I felt trapped, until one day in August 2016, almost magically, Ravinder Singh reappeared in my life. I discovered his latest book This Love That Feels Right on his Facebook page… While reading the book, I found many similarities between the protagonist, Naina, and me. Centrally, we both try to change our personalities for others. Like her, I wanted to be independent and have a career, but society was holding us back…

The transformation of her character from beginning to end affected me deeply. First, it reminded me that every day women adapt to and accept male dominance in their lives. Although women are going out and working in top positions, some people still don’t want to change their attitudes towards women…

Most importantly, Naina’s story gave me my confidence back. I learned to fight for myself. I realized if that Naina dared to overcome her fears, then why shouldn’t I? This book also explores the nature of freedom. It raises the question: Is there such a thing as a degree of freedom? In the book, Singh wrote: “The moment we attach a degree to freedom, we compromise the true meaning of freedom.” (Singh).

Singh’s views about freedom changed my perspective. Because of this book, I stopped listening to all the negativity around me. This was undoubtedly the biggest hurdle in my life. Reading this book helped me become happier and break through all the constraints that held me back earlier in my life… Above all, this book has helped me to set an example for other girls in my community who want to have both a marriage and a career.

Now I am crystal clear about my career and my life plans. Life is a struggle; either live the life or escape from it as it solely depends upon your choice.


April 23: This Week at Plaza

April 23, 2018

Monday, April 23: Intersession Begins; ARC open for make-up work by appointment

Tuesday, April 24: Intersession Hours in ARC and Student Services

Wednesday, April 25: Intersession Hours in ARC and Student Services

Thursday, April 26: Intersession Hours in ARC and Student Services

Friday, April 27: Intersession Hours in ARC and Student Services

Wednesday, May 2: Spring/Summer Classes Begin!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Treasure your curiosity and nurture your imagination…Dare to be unimaginable.” – Shirley Ann Jackson


Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree at Plaza

April 20, 2018

If you are ready to advance your education to the next level, Plaza College has bachelor’s degrees in business and medical fields and all the support you need to succeed! Apply now to start on May 2 for the Spring/Summer 2018 semester.

At the School of Business and Technology, expert professors with experience in their fields prepare students to compete in the dynamic business community of New York City with a BBA in Business Administration Management.

At the School of Allied Health, doctors and medical experts offer students up-to-date knowledge of the allied health field in the BBA Patient Information Management program, including technology, anatomy, and legal considerations.

Whether you are starting college for the first time, transferring from another institution, or thinking about changing careers, Plaza can help you excel with a variety of student services and a convenient location in Forest Hills.

The next semester begins May 2, so apply today! Contact Dean of Admissions Vanessa Lopez at 718-505-7171.


Spring Break Intersession Schedule

April 18, 2018

Spring break begins on Friday, but Plaza College offices will be open during vacation on a regular schedule, and the ARC will be open for intersession by appointment! Check the times below for more details, and if you have questions, call 718-779-1430.

Student Services Open

Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Student Services Late Finals Hours

Students will be contacted by Student Services if a late final is left for them by a professor. Any late work other than a final needs to be completed in the ARC.

  • Monday, April 23: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 24: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 25: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 26: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 27: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday, April 30: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

ARC Open for Intersession Work

Students will be contacted by the ARC if a professor has left work for them to complete during intersession.

  • Monday, April 23: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 24: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 25: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 26: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, April 27: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Monday, April 30: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 1: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

April 16: This Week at Plaza

April 16, 2018

Tuesday, April 17: Final Exams, Tuesday Extended Day Classes

Wednesday, April 18: Final Exams, Monday/Wednesday Day and Extended Day Classes

Thursday, April 19: Final Exams, Tuesday/Thursday Day and Thursday Extended Day Classes

Monday, April 23: Intersession Begins; ARC open for make-up work by appointment

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” –  Barack Obama


Start Your Legal Career Today!

April 13, 2018

Apply now for the School of Legal Studies Spring/Summer 2018 semester! Plaza’s School of Legal Studies offers classes taught by experienced professors from the court reporting and paralegal fields, providing graduates with credentials, knowledge, and experience in four degrees:

  • Court Reporting, AOS
  • Court Reporting, Certificate
  • Paralegal, AAS
  • Paralegal, Certificate

“When I tell people I can type at about 180 words per minute, they are impressed,” says court reporting student Darien Manel. “This career offers you so many different opportunities. You can work for yourself, you can work in the courts, you can work in closed captioning, and you can work in schools. The possibilities are almost endless. It is a great career with great benefits.”

Whether you are starting college for the first time, transferring from another institution, or thinking about changing careers, Plaza can help find a program that is right for you with outstanding student support and a convenient location in Forest Hills.

The next semester begins May 2, so contact us today! Call admissions at 718-505-4188 or send us a message.


Test Anxiety Workshop Prepares Students for Finals

April 11, 2018

On April 3, Sigma Tau Delta and Sigma Kappa Delta joined forces to present a workshop about overcoming test anxiety. Held just in time for final exams, the workshop included advice from professors and administrators about how to improve study time and exam performance. Day and evening workshops featured useful tips.

Suggestions for studying included…

  • Dedicate a quiet place for studying without distractions
  • Determine your best study times and use them
  • Form a study group to keep everyone focused and on point
  • Ask for help from the instructor, the ARC, or your peers
  • Learn breathing exercises or calming meditation techniques
  • Figure out what type of learning style works best for you

Suggestions for test day included…

  • Eat healthy, nutritious meals, get enough sleep, and incorporate exercise into your routine
  • During computerized examinations, look up from the screen for a few minutes at a time to rest your eyes
  • If you are struggling with a question, skip it and go back to it later
  • Do not leave any questions blank on exams
  • Make that nervous energy work for you in a positive way

Thanks to all of the engaging and informative guest speakers for sharing their strategies: Professor Zerella, Professor Krampf, Dr. Sibblis, Professor Perlish, Professor Butchy, and Dean Howle.

All guest speakers also emphasized the power of positivity and having confidence in your abilities. Good luck to everyone on their final exams!


April 9: This Week at Plaza

April 9, 2018

Monday, April 9: Law Week events 

Wednesday, April 11: Law Week events

Thursday, April 12: Law Week events

Friday, April 13: Law Week events

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –  John Quincy Adams


Join the School of Legal Studies for Law Week

April 5, 2018

Next week, Admissions and Professor Lazarus are hosting Law Week to celebrate our Paralegal students. Join us to learn more about this field at events April 9 through 13!

Monday, April 9

11:00 a.m. Attorney Ann Stafilias, Esq., presents “Lexis + Online Research” introducing the Lexis Advance platform through a focus on searching for primary and secondary law, tools in cases, and statutes to expand, research, and discuss Shepard’s.

1:30 p.m. Court Clerk Training Specialist Veronica Schmactenberg presents “Electronic Filing” introducing the NYSCEF site with demonstrations on how sign up for and navigate the site, file a new case, file to an existing case, file a 3rd part action, case search, and more.

6:00 p.m. VP of Paralegal Association Mariana Fradman presents “Paralegals in today’s legal community” outlining what makes a paralegal marketable in today’s growing legal community.

Wednesday, April 11

1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. JD & Founding Director of the George Washington University Paralegal Studies Program Toni Marsh presents “The Who, What, Why, How, and Where of Paralegals”

Thursday, April 12

11:40 a.m. the Legal Hand Society presents “The Need for Paralegals” introducing the Legal Hand Society and the importance of Paralegals in the organization.

Friday, April 13

10:00 a.m. Paralegal Christina Bennett presents “Paralegals in Multi-National Law Firms” describing what it’s like to work as a paralegal at an multi-national law firm.


April 2: This Week at Plaza

April 2, 2018

Tuesday, April 3: Math Final Review Workshop 11:40-12:35 p.m. Room 203

Tuesday, April 3: Test Taking and Test Anxiety Workshop sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta & “Resilience” 11:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the BBA Lounge – Learn techniques to become better at studying for and taking tests, including final exams!

Thursday, April 5: Make-up Date for Day Monday/Wednesday classes – No Thursday Day Classes – Monday/Wednesday day classes will meet on this day to make up time lost due to winter weather. Classes will follow the regular Monday/Wednesday schedule. For details, contact your professor.

Thursday, April 5: Math Final Review Workshop 5:00-5:55 p.m. Room 203

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” – Lyndon B. Johnson


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