Bronx

Monroe College's Bronx campus is an ideal urban campus located in the bustling Fordham section.

New Rochelle

Located in downtown New Rochelle, the Monroe College New Rochelle campus is nestled in a diverse, thriving suburban community in Westchester County.

St. Lucia

The scenic Monroe College St. Lucia campus in Barnard Hill Castries on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia combines the best of many worlds.

Queens

Monroe's Queens Extension Center is located in the heart of downtown Flushing, a vibrant and ethnically mixed district of Queens.

  • Nathalie Waldschmidt

    Tell me a little bit about where you’re from.

    I am from Sprockhoevel, Germany. There, my neighbor was a farmer, so it was a little different coming to New York City. I came to New York to work as an au pair, and loved it so much that I decided to stay and take classes. Back then, I had a friend on the soccer team at Monroe College; he told me about the college and I applied. 

    Why did you choose to study Business Management?

    I love working with people and with math, and I worked in the field and earned my degree in business back in Germany. You can do so much with business; it can give you opportunities to go anywhere. At Monroe, I learned that the world is an open book. I can do anything that I want to do.

    How did you get involved in the Honors program?

    In my first semester, I didn’t feel like I was being challenged enough, so my advisor suggested that I get involved in the honors program. I loved it! The classes are smaller and more challenging. The honors program is also a great opportunity for students to become leaders. The honors student board makes a lot of decisions for the program. I am actually the president of the board in New Rochelle; it’s my third term.

    The honors program made me grow so much as a person. I became so much more confident through the program. Students should see if they qualify, because it’s so worth it.

    You were named Honors Student of the Year by the National Collegiate Honors Council this year. How did you feel when you received that award?

    It was the highlight of my entire college experience! I didn’t expect it at all. I knew there were so many people out there who do so much for their honors programs, and I, coming from Germany and from a small college, never thought it would happen. The award is not only for me; it’s a reflection of our entire program. Profess MacDonald does so much for us.

    Have you ever gotten an internship through Monroe?

    I was able to get an internship at Insight Cuba, which is a travel organization that helps Americans discover Cuba. I was in the marketing department, and I learned so much. It was a real hands-on experience. I was able to use the knowledge I gained at Monroe every day and see how it played out.

    What advice would you give to associate students who are unsure if they should continue to earn their bachelor’s degree?

    They should definitely continue investing in their education. It’s not just an investment for two years, it’s an investment for a lifetime. It’s important have a bachelor’s degree or more in today’s world.