Meet SSS Students – Roberto Crespo
Student Support Services
Meet: Roberto Crespo
Q: What is your major and minor?
A: I am a Business Management major with a minor in Spanish.
Q: What would you say was your biggest adjustment to college?
A: One of the biggest adjustments was that even though I used to study in high school, college courses were harder, more advanced, so I said to myself that I needed to put more effort into my courses and get the grades that I deserved.
Q: Was there any class that was particularly challenging?
A: In my first semester, I was an Aviation major, and General Aeronautics was one of the toughest courses. Most of my classmates had a background in the field. I did not. That is what made it tough. I love airplanes but I did not have a background in the field. After awhile, I decided to talk to my professors and they suggested I step out of the program and go for something else that I was interested in. So what I am doing right now is going through the Business Management program and then I’ll do my master’s degree in Aviation Management, which is what I really want.
Q: How has getting involved in campus life affected you? I know that you’re the president of La Familia.
A: Yes I am. Getting involved in campus life has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Knowing Dowling is a small college, it gives you the opportunity to interact with people. That helps you get to know people and people get to know you personally. I like being friendly and I like making friends. These are some of my good qualities, I can say. About La Familia, I never thought I was going to be so involved in campus. This is my first time being president of an organization and so far I think I am doing great. Most of the events have been successful so I thank God for that. Having this position there is a lot of work to do, but I’m on top of my duties. It is a good experience because you get the opportunity to meet with different people every day and organize events and learn new things.
Q: Would you encourage someone to join a group, if they could?
A: Yes! If students had the opportunity, I would. Students do not need to be Hispanic to join our club. Our club is open to everybody. Our school has a great variety of clubs. So, if students have the chance to get involved in any club, that would be good. It would be something else students will be doing besides academic courses and activities.
Q: How do you manage balancing academics, extracurricular activities, and your social life?
A: Well, I just manage my time. I make time for social life, school and extracurricular activities in school. That is how I deal with everything. It is a lot of work, but I can handle it.
Q: Did it take you a long time to find that balance?
A: Yes it did. I had to organize and arrange everything in order for me to do all my duties.
Q: When you were first here as a first-year student, did you find that that was a problem?
A: At the beginning, yes. Because I was first starting college, I did not really know how courses and everything worked. I got in the College Orientation course, and the professor I had used to give us advice on how to manage our time. So that’s what I follow, and that has helped me.
Q: How has Student Support Services helped you?
A: This program has helped me in many ways. The program helps students with counseling and gives you strategies on how to study better and improve your knowledge and your career. Any of the counselors in the program will help you in anything you need, especially if you think you’re doing something wrong. I think the program is very good and from last year until now, I feel that I have grown personally. So it’s very helpful and I’m glad I am part of it.