Monday, June 26, 2017

Toufic Eid: Big Win in the Big Easy

 Toufic Eid (Class of 2017) completed his BS with a major in Business and concentrations in Management and Marketing. He is currently enrolled in the Master's of Science in Business Management at the College of Staten Island.

Toufic Eid posting with his team's award
One of my most memorable moments in my college years would have to be when I competed in the International American Marketing Association Case Competition, where chapters develop a full marketing plan for the upcoming year for a sponsor. At first, when entering the competition, I was unsure of our potential. However, after watching the team blossom in their strongest areas, I now see the potential and strong attitude we dolphins hold. With the strong encouragement from the loving and caring staff as well as the motivation provided by professor Dan Zhang, my team was able to lose our insecurity and build confidence within the real-business world. I can say that I now truly understand the hard work and energy it takes to become a marketer.
         From the extensive rehearsal hours to the sleepless nights, my team placed 3rd in the competition out of 250 competing universities. I know for a fact that just because we looked like the smallest team there, we still walked in with our fins held high as we stood in front of the eBay executives. I guess it is true to say that people really do "fear the fin!" This experience has strengthened my passion for business. I took it all in: traveling to New Orleans, networking with other students from other universities, observing different cultures, and of course the amazing food. How could anyone not love beignets, gumbo, and grits? This travel experience was life-changing; I learned a lot, from the fine points of business dress, how to socialize in a professional setting, and developing my public speaking abilities. This was one of the most memorable moments of my college life.

CSI takes third place in an international marketing competition

However, this entire trip would not have been possible without the crew working behind the curtains. With the help of the dean Susan Holak and staff members like Debbie Laura, we were able to travel to the conference that was held in the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The school of business has been a tremendous contributor to the whole team and has helped us attend the event. I could not have been more appreciative and thankful for all the school of business does and provides. For that I am proud to be a CSI-School of Business, undergraduate, an helping set the standard for future teams.
I hope to continue the success for the school of business by encouraging more leaders and outstanding students to join future teams to compete. We learned the value of practicing in front of unfamiliar faces and of playing to our strengths. After watching the winning team, it was noticeable to see the time and effort it took to design the slides. For future teams, I recommend picking a design major undergraduate to spice up the full package. I wouldn't be discouraged if you felt you didn't have the resources to compete; for instance, the heat maps I generated were completed from scratch using no programmed software. Lastly, I would like to remind the future team that they are capable of anything just like any other teams and students from other universities. We are dolphins--Fear the Fin!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Suki Wong: Nursing and Beyond!

Suki Wong (Class of 2017) is a Nursing Major finishing up this challenging program and looking forward to the next set of adventures in her life.

“Every flower blooms in its own time.”
-- Ken Petti

Hello! My name is Suki Wong, Verrazano Class of 2017. I’m a senior majoring in Nursing. It’s crazy to think that in less than 6 months, I will be graduating at College of Staten Island. I survived nursing school! Time has passed by in a blink of an eye and I am proud to say I am a Registered Nurse.

At the RN Pinning Ceremony 2016
Throughout the years, I have stepped outside of my comfort zone and tried new experiences.  I interned at New York University Langone Medical Center through the HCOP Internship Opportunities Program. My most memorable experience was seeing an autopsy being done and it was pretty cool. I shadowed nurses and attended lectures and conferences. I also had a lot of interactions with the patients. From this experience, I was determined that pursuing a nursing degree was the right choice.

On the Dean's List, with President Fritz, 2016
Now, I am working on my Capstone project “Nursing Practice and Strategies for Responding to Child Abuse”. The objective of my capstone project is to find the most effective strategy for preventing or reducing child abuse. Most importantly, I want to encourage and establish a universal protocol in all professional work places in responding to suspected child abuse cases.

It was a pleasure to be part of the Verrazano family. I have met amazing people and developed close friendships with my nursing classmates.  I want to thank all my professors, mentors, and my friends who have supported me throughout the journey. I will definitely miss going on field trips with Verrazano. Not to mention, on one of my VELA events, I met Park Shin Hye, a South Korean actress!

Exploring the Brooklyn Bridge!
My advice to incoming students is to do at in your own pace. There is no need to compare yourself to others and worry about being behind. And when you are feeling unsure or don’t know what to do anymore, do not give up. Being lost is part of the path and eventually you will find the path that is meant to be.

I am super excited for the adventures ahead. I am looking forward to sharing more about my adventures!