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    Marco Ashmalla

    Class of: 2015
    Degree Program: Chemistry

    What factors led you to decide to attend Hudson County Community College?
    Hudson County Community College is the best academic institution to begin at as it is close to home and very affordable compared to other colleges. Also, I got to know that the school provided me with work opportunities while attending HCCC. I still work for HCCC as a supplemental instruction leader in the Academic Foundations-Mathematics.

    What is your favorite memory of the College, in or out of the classroom?
    My favorite memory at the College when I was awarded the Hudson County Government Scholarship for six semesters. It was a great feeling to see the reward of all the hard work and dedication to my academic career.

    How did you become interested in chemistry?
    My major was chemistry, which was a challenging major, but very interesting. Chemistry is a central science that is involved in every aspect of other sciences. HCCC had a very good STEM department, and I was sure that I would get the best education out of it.

    How did your time at HCCC prepare you for your career/ life now?
    Starting my college education journey at HCCC was a good choice as I got to know what are the essential factors to succeed in college, and I was able to graduate from HCCC with the highest honor (summa cum laude) and transferred to Rutgers University and got my bachelor degree with the same honor. Also, I recently got accepted and started dental school at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.

    What advice would you give to recent HCCC graduates?
    I would like to advise the recent HCCC graduate to continue the hard work they started at HCCC and continue their education.

    What advice do you have for those students who are just starting their college careers?
    As a college student, you should realize the possibilities and understand that your college education is a vital step toward your goal and toward achieving your career goals. You should take advantage of the potentials available to you through HCCC. You also should realize that successful college career requires hard work, dedication, and sacrifices.