Sunday, August 14, 2011
FELLOW TRANSFER STUDENT Klara Kang
LaGuardia 2010 - Florida Institute of Technology
“LaGuardia showed me I could dream bigger. If
I hadn’t started my education there I would most
likely still be cleaning bathrooms.”
IN 2008, WHEN KLARA KANG was considering the possibility of getting a college education so she wouldn’t have to clean other peoples’ bathrooms— the job she held prior to entering college- she was faced a major obstacle: What to do with her 1-year-old son while she attended class? “I couldn’t afford a babysitter or daycares in my neighborhood, so when I learned about LaGuardia’s Early Childhood Learning Center I was sold on my decision to go to school,” explains Klara. Having affordable childcare on campus allowed Klara to devote her time to studying so she could secure a better future for her family.
She enrolled at LaGuardia as an Accounting major and immediately began to excel. Klara joined Phi Theta Kapa, the international honor society for two-year colleges and eventually was elected Treasurer. PTK opened a world of possibilities for her, and professors encouraged her look beyond simply being a bookkeeper. With a 4.0 G.P.A. Klara began applying to some of the best universities in the country, NYU and Columbia among them. Klara chose to pursue her dream of becoming a marine biologist by continuing her education at Florida Institute of Technology.