Attending Nassau Community College is a family affair for Thérèse Russell, the College’s student trustee for the 2017-2018 academic year. Her mother, aunt and uncles all attended the College. “I love Nassau. But even before I came here, my family knew that this was the right place to begin your college education,” she said.
“So many students don’t understand all of the opportunities that the College makes available to them,” Russell continued. As a member of this year’s Speech and Debate team, she was able take part in competitions across the country, including Washington, DC; El Paso, Texas; and Boston. She was also able to hone her communications, confidence building and public speaking skills, tools she hopes to use as student trustee.
Russell, a 19-year old liberal arts major from Floral Park, was also secretary of the Honors Club and a freshman senator last year. She believes that her involvement in student life has benefited her education. In addition to participation in College clubs, Russell maintains that students should take advantage of the many study centers and academic services on campus.
Nassau Community College has an excellent faculty, according to Russell, which prepares students well for the next stop on their journey through higher education. In addition, their nurturing helps students to believe in themselves and their abilities.
“I’m honored to work with the Board of Trustees on various important issues that will affect the College for years to come,” Russell said. She wants to be the student advocate on the Board, and is also looking forward to learning firsthand how a Board of Trustees of a major institution makes the sometimes hard decisions about College policies and procedures.
Although she hasn’t completely decided on her educational path after NCC, Russell is pondering a career in labor relations. “I feel that it combines policy with the human side of business,” she said.
In her spare time, the Floral Park Memorial High School graduate enjoys following politics.