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Meet Our Students

 

Halitu Samaniego

Halitu Samaniego
Major: Accounting

When I started out at Baruch College as a freshman I was very timid.  The SEEK counselors and staff encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone.  They have truly helped me grow as a leader.  As President of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society, I have continued to grow internally as a person.  I advise and encourage my peers and other SEEK students to keep on striving for success.  Aditionally, I am a Peer Mentor for the 2016 SEEK freshmen cohort.  I decided to become a Peer Mentor because I wanted to partake in first year students' transition from high school to higher education.  SUpporting and sharing my knowledge with the freshmen class is my way of giving back to the SEEK Program for helping me throughout my college years.  The SEEK community is my second family.  It is extremely supportive and encouraging.

   

 

Angela Guzman

Angela Guzman
Major: Marketing Analytics

As a first-generation college student, I was hoping to find a supportive community and found it in the Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program at Baruch College.  During the 2016-2017 academic year, I am a Peer Mentor for the freshman 2016 cohort and Math TUtor in SEEK.  I have been able to provide students with resources to help them be successful on campus and in their academics.  Even if it is just a question about math or learning how to use the library at Baruch, I realized that any advice is helpful.  Being a Peer Mentor has allowed me to enhance my communication skills as well as my ability to adapt to any situation.  I further developed these skills by gaining acceptance to America Needs You, an intensive career developent and mentorship twoyear fellowship program.  The SEEK Program at Baruch College has given me so many opportunities and resources which I am very thankful for.

 

Digno Melo

Digno Melo
Major: Mathematics

Growing up in the South Bronx, I witness poverty and gang affiliations.  This discouraged me from possibly living the "American Dream" I yearned for.  However, after enrolling in the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program at Baruch College, I've learned the values of learning, community building, and hard work.  I began to pursue a major in Mathematics and minor in Sociology.  I got involved on campus with the help of the Urban Male Leadership Academy Scholars Program (UMLAS).  I am enthusiastic to improve my community and support the next generation of students.  My passion drove me to become a Peer Mentor to the SEEK freshmen cohort.  I am a liaison between counselors and students who are transitioning into the college environment.  Furthermore, I am a Math Tutor and I help introduce and enhance student's comprehension of complex math problems.  With the endless possibilities the SEEK Program has exposed me to, I am able to overcome my obstacles, strive for success, while also helping others do the same.

 

 

Gagandeep Kaur

Gagandeep Kaur
Major: Computer Information Systems/Data Analytics

I joined Baruh College as a SEEK student and it has been an amazing experience.  I got a support system of counselors, peer mentors and extra tutoring from SEEK; each helped to make my college journey smoother.  I have served as a Peer Mentor for the 2015 freshmen class.  This gave me the opportunity to give back to SEEK community by guiding freshmen in their transition from high school to college easier.  Also, I am on the executive board of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society.  I hold the position of Vice President.  Aditionally, I am involved in other student organizations on campus.  For example, I am the Senior Vice President of Graphic Design for the United Sikh Association, Chair of Graphic Design for Chit Chagt and member of the Marketing Committee for the Association of Latio Professionals for America (ALPFA).  Also, I am a participant of INROADS and an alumna of StreetWise Partners, both which are career development programs.  I also tutor math and help students with their homework or questions they have regarding their coursework.  I am truly appreciative to be a part of SEEK.  It has helped me get out of my comfort zone by providing various resources and continuous help.

   

 

Kyle Sydney

Kyle Sydney
Major: Economics

I am a first-generation college student and graduated from Christ the King Regional High School.  After being accepted into Baruch College through the Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program, I joined the Urban Male Leadership Academy Scholars Program (UMLA).  The UMLA is a program that aims to empower and support young Black & Latino male students through rigorous academic and personal support over the course of their college careers.  I attend weekly Saturday workshops as well as participated in the Black Male Initiative (BMI).  I joined the UMLA Mentorship Program and worked to improve the quality of campus life, increase retention, and provide on-going development opportunities for students.  Also, I am a New York Cares volunteer.  I participate in volunteer projects each month that provide a lifeline of support to vulnerable children, adults, and communities.  After graduating from Baruch College with a Bachelor's in Economics I plan on attending Law School and opening my own law firm.

 

Mohammed Hashmi
Mohammed Hashmi
Major: Finance

I’m not only a Baruch student, I am a part of the SEEK and UMLA program. Realizing the importance of both of these programs, I am dedicated to help and give back to both communities. Whether its offering my time to help students with their problems or even being supportive to my UMLA cohort, I will always have time for those who need help. Being a part of SEEK has been an amazing opportunity for myself to grow coming from a senior in high school to a current sophomore. I am grateful for the support and professional development I have received thus far.
Additionally, I am motivated to be involved on campus. During my freshman year, I modeled for the Black Student Union’s fashion show and was able to join the INROADS and SEO EDGE professional development programs. Also, I have taken part in the StreetWise Program, America Needs You, and the Association for Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA). Furthermore, I have been inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. As a participant in these programs, I aim to develop myself for a career in corporate America.
Marvin Pimentel
Marvin Pimentel
Major: International Marketing
As a member of the SEEK community at Baruch College, I have had the opportunity to be a student leader. I served as the Alumni Liaison for the SEEK 50th Anniversary Committee. Currently, I am the Director of Communications for the student organization called SEEK Society. Additionally, I am a Peer Mentor for the freshmen class, which allows me to guide my mentees as they make the transition from high school to college. SEEK has blessed me with the opportunity to develop friendships that will last a lifetime. It is my home away from home; and thanks to the guidance that I have received from the program, I have discovered what I want to do in life. The SEEK culture of always paying it forward will always reside in me. I will give it my all to always give back to those who are where I once stood.
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   

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