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“I am most proud of being a Jack Kent Cooke scholar and for getting into one of the most prestigious universities in the country. I am proud of myself for making it through all the rough times and coming out on top. They say that after the rain comes the sun; well I just went through a hurricane and now I feel like I am laying on the sands of a beautiful beach while the sun shines down on me.”
Profile: Cynthia Morales, an honors graduate of
Inspiration: Cynthia warmly recalls Mrs. Berman, her second and third grade teacher at CES 163 (
Aspiration: Cynthia wants to be a licensed speech pathologist and here’s why in her own words: “I became interested in speech therapy when I was nine years old. My little brother was diagnosed speech difficulties. I would tag along with my mom to his speech therapy sessions. Sometimes the therapist would teach me ways I could help my brother. Growing up my brother and I did homework together and practiced pronouncing words. I enjoyed the feeling of being able to help someone accomplish one of the most important things in life. Eventually my brother’s speech improved and I was glad to have played a small part of that process.”
Making a Difference: There are so many service organizations that Cynthia has given her time to over the years it is difficult to name them all...but here’s just a partial list of groups she has been active with: The New York City Housing Chorus, Volunteer for Hudson Guild Center in NYC for Thanksgiving for Seniors, Volunteer for the Davidson Community Center Back to School Festival, the MIC Check Entertainment Breast Cancer Awareness and she assists GLBT youth realize their full potential and become confident individuals.
Accolades: Cynthia earned the Education Associate Award, the BCC Association of Latinos Certificate of Achievement, and was on the Bronx CC Dean’s list in both fall and spring 2010.
Interesting Fact: To each his or her own, but Cynthia said she “loves watching cartoons while eating cookies dunked in orange juice.”
University of San Diego
Undergraduate Transfer Scholar