Graduate Student Spotlights

Harmony Matos

Higher and Postsecondary Education

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
I chose to attend NYU and major in Higher Education Administration because it is a unique program and one that stands out from other schools offering this degree. I was excited about the inclusion of an internship in the degree requirements and was happy that i could recieve two years of professional experience while taking courses. Upon attending Recruitment Week and meeting all the friendly students and faculty, I automatically felt comfortable and knew this school was the one for me.
My inspiration is:
My mother and siblings
If I could change the world, I would:
get all the homeless of the streets, Ive overcome alot myself and i hate to see others struggle
Something I collect:
teddy bears
Why I went to Graduate School:
because no one in my family got a degree and i wanted to reach this goal in hopes that my siblings would follow in my footsteps
The best gift I've ever received:
tickets to see my favorite singer in concert
My biggest challenge is:
saying so sometimes since i always want to help others
The professor who influenced me the most:
my previous diversity profesor Mr.J.W. Wiley
How I take my coffee:
regular two sugars
The most adventurous thing I've ever done is:
go kyaking
My secret passion is:
to sing and write poetry
What I do to de-stress:
listen to music

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Brooklyn, NY
What are your plans after you graduate?
I want to work in college with first-generation and low income students. I want to serve as a role model to show them that no matter how many trials/tribulations stand in their way, they can succeed.
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Member of Phi Upsilon Omicron and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Societies.
Community Service and Other Activities:
I have volunteered within the past few years at Vilas Nursing Home, Stafford Middle School Afterschool Program and during a food pantry at Trinity Church. I have also helped Fundraise for St.Judes Cancer Research and helped conduct "One for Jasmina", a Blood Drive for a young leukemia patient.