Ms. Jasmattie Lall is a first semester bachelor’s student in the Business Administration Management Program who also recently received her associate’s degree in Business Administration at Plaza College.
Her inspiration to continue at Plaza College happened after she completed her associate’s degree realizing she wanted to elevate her education saying, “I like the feeling of accomplishment.” Ms. Lall says “everyone at Plaza is just so nice and there is a supportive atmosphere. I should be nervous during this interview but I’m so comfortable right now. All the professors are so nice.” Professor Allanach says that, “Ms. Jasmattie Lall has been an invaluable teaching assistant in the Essentials of College Writing class. She is also a bright and punctual student in Composition and Research. Ms. Lall excels at submitting her work before the deadline, engages with the topics in class, and even takes extra steps to make our online synchronous learning experience enriching by speaking up when something seems out of place, willing to offer opinions, and/or advice when appropriate. Ms. Lall exemplifies the highest of standards we wish to instill in our students at Plaza College.”
She particularly enjoyed Professor Byrns’ accounting class and the recognition she has received from the Department of Student Life. “The more you do, the more you get rewarded so it pushes you to excel further. I was so honored to be part of the Honor Society Induction for all three chapters. I love seeing the Semester Award notification come to my inbox each semester.” Professor Byrns remarked that, “Ms.Lall was an outstanding student with a pleasant personality. I found her focused and involved. She worked hard and took her academic responsibilities very seriously. She will succeed in life.”
Ms. Lall originally started her education in Guyana. After high school she entered an apprenticeship in banking for six months. After completing that portion she applied to another apprenticeship in the banking field and spent almost a year and a half there, truly loving the experience. She said, “the program was structured to guide the transition for students from highschool to the workforce. It started with classroom training and the rest of the program was on the job training. After 3 months I transitioned from the loans department to the new accounts department.” The banking field is an area she is definitely interested in pursuing after graduation with her bachelor’s degree.
Ms. Lall is meticulous about getting her assignments completed on time. She organizes herself using Microsoft notes for each class and uses a personal to do list with dates to get things done by. She then checks things off as they are finished. Her favorite junk food is truffle fries but when studying for exams she prefers strawberry Twizzlers. She highly recommends watching “The One Hundred” on netflix saying, “I didn’t expect to like it but I loved it once I started watching. I also love Lucifer. They always leave the end of the season on the cliffhanger.”
Thank you to everyone who attended the Virtual Court Reporting Symposium! Below, NCRA President, Christine Phipps speaks about the current outlook for the Court Reporting Industry and more!
Aisha Bennerson delivers an inspirational speech for the Class of 2020!
Congratulations to the class of 2020! We are extremely proud of what you have achieved and look forward to seeing all the amazing things you will do.
We can’t wait to make history with you with Plaza’s first ever Virtual Graduation Ceremony this Sunday, August 9th at 9 a.m.! Keep an eye out in your email for details on how to access the ceremony.
Dear Plaza College Community:
On the heels of rebuilding after an unprecedented pandemic, our nation has been thrust into yet another trying time in history. The events unfolding across the country, sparked by the tragic death of George Floyd, have made the anger, sadness, and despair of its citizens palpable. Our hearts ache for Mr. Floyd, his family, and everyone affected by the persistence of fundamental inequality in our society.
We have gone from staying home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to now observing legal curfews in order to protect citizens from violence. In the face of this grave injustice, set against a backdrop of economic uncertainty and general fear for the future, we must remain committed to our core values as a society. Access to an education that promotes tolerance and understanding is critical when addressing these issues, for it is only through open-mindedness that we, as a society, can achieve what we set out to accomplish.
This institution was founded in Queens in 1916, and we’ve called this community home since that day. This Borough is unique – it’s the most diverse county in the entire world. And, as a member of this community, Plaza College has always prided itself on its diversity and commitment to equality and inclusivity. For all 104 years of our existence, we have remained true to our mission – to educate our students and provide them with the tools they need to improve their lives for the better.
During these trying times, I call upon us all to stay united as a community. As an educational institution, we must stand united in our collective pursuit of knowledge and enlightenment. We’re proud of you, students. You are the leaders of tomorrow, and we know that through the most professional, responsible, and appropriate channels, you’ll be successful in effectuating the change our society so desperately needs.
Regrettably, we cannot alter the past. However, we can learn from it and use that knowledge to make meaningful improvements for the future. As we navigate these trying times, I strongly encourage that you engage with others in a socially distant manner. Should you need our assistance, please let your professors know. We are here for you.
Betty G. was the winner and panelist in March 2019 at the Sigma Kappa Delta National Honor Society Convention in St.Louis, Missouri. This experience led Betty to run for Secretary of Sigma Kappa Delta, working alongside her fellow peers to put on a variety of events for the Plaza College student body.
Betty has worked in the dental field for over six years, explaining that she has always been interested in dentistry and loves working with people. “My sister was the one who got me involved in dentistry when I was fourteen by making goody bags for patients at a dental practice.”
Her dream job is to eventually end up in research, particularly for Alzheimer’s after witnessing the deterioration of her boyfriend’s grandmother. This inspired her to focus a dental hygiene research project on the disease entitled, “The Correlation Between Periodontal Disease and Alzheimer’s.”
Ms. Keena Williams recently transitioned from her Associate’s Degree in the Business Administration Program (AAS) to getting her Bachelor’s in Business Administration Management (BBA). Keena knew the business program was ideal for her career goals because she aspires to work in the music industry, eventually working her way up to a leadership role as a Chief Executive Officer.
Keena’s most memorable experience at Plaza College brings her back to the time she was conducting her audition video for Secretary of Sigma Kappa Delta Honor Society and volunteering at the Multicultural Thanksgiving Feast! She also loved volunteering at the Breast Cancer Bake Sale Fundraiser back in October.
Keena attributes her academic and professional growth to Ms.Pokidaylo, Director of Career Services. “I look up to her in a leadership capacity. She really cares about my professional conduct and it’s helped me see myself as a stronger and more competent individual.”
“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings” -Ann Landers
Thank you Alejandro P. For sharing this wonderful photo of working with your son,keeping up with your own studies, and staying positive & motivated!
Thank you Martha N. for sharing this amazing photo! “While it’s cold outside I’m indoors enjoying my virtual classes, assisting Professor Lazarus and home schooling my five year old boy-triple tasking!”- Martha
Thank you Diane D. for sharing this motivation!
"During my time at Plaza, the professors and staff were friendly and inviting. They were always willing to lend a hand when needed. Plaza prepared me with all the education I could need to become a medical assistant."
Being accepted to Plaza College was an exciting moment in my life. It allowed me to achieve my goal; to complete a Bachelor's in the Business Administration program. Plaza College professors and administrative staff are dedicated to helping students to be successful in their endeavors.
“My mother graduated from Plaza. My father graduated from Plaza. My brother graduated from Plaza. I graduated from Plaza. We are very proud of our educational background.”
"Being a student at Plaza College has paved a new road of achievement towards a successful career in Medical Assisting for me. My time here has been filled with academic accomplishments on things I didn't think I could do! Plaza College is your career starter!"
“Professor Warmouth has always gone above and beyond in supporting what I need to do, whether it’s for her class or another in the program. She’s taught me additional skills on top of what we learn.”
“Everyone you meet here supports your career trajectory in one way or another. Dr. Anderson told me you have to know what you want and be on your ‘p’s and q’s.’ I realized I had to focus and buckle down on my studies to be successful. “
“I went to another school that didn’t give me the care and personal attention the way Plaza College does. They truly care about me becoming a better person."
"The Court Reporting Faculty at Plaza College has helped me in so many way. Even after I graduated, I have still been in touch with all of them and they have helped me with job placement and test taking!"
"I am currently in my last semester of the Medical Assistant Program. Our last semester comes with an externship component, where we demonstrate all the skills we learned at Plaza College. I strongly feel that Plaza College has prepared me with both my clinical and clerical skills."
"My admissions advisor guided me, set up appointments and sat with me through the process. Other schools simply threw the requirements at me, but at Plaza I received personal attention.”
“Academically, teachers are always willing to help you and will stay longer after the classes. They are responsive over email and you can always go to the Academic Resource Center (ARC) for extra support.”
“Being a single parent and coming back to school after a good amount of time was definitely a challenge and the professors have been willing and easy to communicate with. If I’m having a difficult situation, need some flexibility or need clarification, they’ve been easy to reach out to with no hesitation."
“The hands-on training has been a tremendous help in preparing me for my externship. Everything I was taught in all my clinical classes was exactly what I was able to use in my externship and more. The skills that I learned at Plaza College will help me in all of my future endeavors.”
“I chose Plaza College because I wanted to be in an accelerated program, where I am able to commit full-time, and start working as a dental hygienist much faster. One thing I can truly say is that the administration, staff, and the new long-life friends that you make here will help you get through all the obstacles one step at a time!