Opportunity Knocks… Are you listening?

Angela Ellis-Jones, Student Services Counselor
As a Student Services Counselor, working with the NYU Opportunity Programs has proven to be a very rewarding experience for me and my students. Where would millions of underrepresented and low-income high school students be without higher education access programs offering a place to declare their goals, receive support and guidance, in turn, improving their quality of life? The NYU Opportunity Programs consist of the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), The Science and Technology Program (STEP) and the Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST).

Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is designed to assist students who are residents of New York State who are academically and educationally disadvantaged. Students in the program receive supportive services including counseling and tutoring to help ensure their success and must meet academic and family income guidelines to be eligible, and must attend a six-week summer program prior to the start of their freshman year.

Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
CSTEP is a NYU program for New York State residents underrepresented in business, law, science, and health-related programs.
Middle School and High School Program
The Science and Technology Program (STEP) and the Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST)* program at New York University (NYU) is an innovative pre-college enrichment program for talented and motivated middle and high school students in New York City.  Our goal is to (1) prepare our students to be competitive so that they are accepted into a selective college of their choice and (2) encourage and increase the number of historically under-represented minority groups in the science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) careers, health-related fields and licensed professions.

Across New York State, students are taking control of their lives using the opportunities around them and turning their dreams into reality. I am proud to be a part of their process.

How are YOU taking advantage of the opportunities in your life? Would you recognize an opportunity, if it stared you in the face?

Here at New York University, there are opportunities ALL around you:

For professional growth – Wasserman Center for Career Development
To serve humanity – Center for Student Activities, Leadership and Service
To expand knowledge – University Learning Center/Academic Resource Center
For spiritual growth – Center for Global and Spiritual Life

Use these opportunities to grow, learn, and influence positive change. Use them to be the change you wish to see in the world. Today, grasp ALL the opportunities that can improve your world.