Yahayra graduated in May 2019 and immediately landed a job as a customs and border patrol officer with the Department of Homeland Security.
Because I was a good student who was living in New York City, I was able to enter the accelerated high school program at Columbia University. It helped me prepare for entering college. I began to learn more about financial aid and absorbed everything that the people who supported me had to share. Unfortunately, my grades were too high and my mom made just a little bit too much (she works two jobs) to qualify for certain financial aid.
That’s when I learned about SUNY Oneonta’s EOP/ACE program—Access to College Excellence. It provides additional services and support to students who are academically and financially disadvantaged and who have the desire and potential to earn a college degree. And the best part? The eligibility required applicants to be the first in their family to obtain a college degree. When I discovered this, not only did I believe that I would attend college, I knew I would attend SUNY Oneonta!
Career Development ambassador, senior student manager for the Office of Equity and Inclusion
Interrogation and Forensic Mental Health
Opportunities I’ve had at Oneonta
I was able to intern at the University of North Carolina in the Criminal Justice Department, researching crime analytics. While there, I also worked with the Charlotte Police Department’s forensics lab. This semester, I am interning in Chicago with the Illinois State Police.
Dreams, goals, plans
I thought about training as a Marine, but I knew my real passion was to work for the FBI in forensic science. My dream job is to be a federal agent. After Oneonta, I plan to apply for a master’s program and hopefully attend the University of New Haven program in forensic technology with a certification in national security.