Where did the time go?

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That moment when you realize next Monday will be your last first day of your undergraduate career! I have many mixed emotions about starting my senior year at Saint Rose. I cannot believe how fast time has flown by. It was just yesterday when my parents were helping me move into Brubacher Hall. I was extremely excited to start college. It was a new environment and totally different from my hometown of Brooklyn. While I have been a student at Saint Rose for three years, Monday I will embark on a new journey as a senior. Now it is the time to search for full time jobs and apply for graduate schools….oh yeah and finish the year off strong!

My freshmen first day of  college "selfie"

My freshmen first day of college “selfie”

I am thrilled to say that I just received an internship with Townsquare Media for the fall semester. The Capital District may know Townsquare as the owners of the popular radio stations WGNA 107.7, Hot 99.1, and Pop Crush105.7. I will help strengthen the radio stations’ social media presence. My job duties will consist of posting to Facebook, responding to tweets, posting vines, and helping to grow the YouTube subscriber base for each radio station. It will also include writing pieces for the website. Hopefully, I will meet a few recording artists! To say that I am happy is  a complete understatement. I am so ecstatic to start my internship, it is the first step in my communications career.

This upcoming semester is going to be super busy and productive for me. When I am not at my internship I am sure I will be trying to plan events for Delta Epsilon Iota. Why you may ask?….because I am the new chapter president of the national academic honor society.  Delta Epsilon Iota is an organization that prides itself in academic excellence. Overall, I will be planning programs and events that revolve around career development.

Screen Shot of Saint Rose Blogger Meghan Kiely's Tweet

Screen Shot of Saint Rose Blogger Meghan Kiely’s Tweet

Along with my leadership position in DEI and the internship, I will be taking four communications classes.  The class that I am most anxious about is TV journalism. Inspiring broadcast journalist…that’s me!

In essence, yes, the countdown is on…. five days until my SENIOR YEAR!  #Classof2015




From Saint Rose to Moody’s

Sometimes our homepage stories are worth sharing with our blog audience. In this case, we are happy to share former Saint Rose blogger Yelfri De Leon’s success!

Yelfri De Leon '14 majored in business with a concentration in finance.

Yelfri De Leon ’14 majored in business with a concentration in finance.

Business major lands “dream job” two months after graduation.

When Yelfri De Leon ‘14 decided to attend college in upstate New York, he never imagined that four years later he would be returning to New York City to work at Seven World Trade Center. Just two months after graduation, he has done just that: landed his “dream job” at Moody’s Corporation in New York City. De Leon’s journey is no accident; his hard work and determination have driven him to success.

“He is very well organized, very self-motivated,” said Dr. Dandan Wu, assistant professor of finance at the Huether School of Business. Wu speaks of the activities De Leon was involved with as a student, his multiple internships, and his semester abroad studying in London. “He excelled and was in the top five percent of my classes.”

Born in the Dominican Republic, De Leon moved to Panama City when he was four years old. At 13, he moved with his family to the United States, where he lived in New York City until attending The College of Saint Rose. At first unsure about attending a small, private college in Albany, De Leon visited campus and, in his words, “I saw how friendly the people were, the faculty members. I was like, ‘Wow, this is the place for me.’”

Originally an undeclared major, De Leon quickly decided that business with a concentration in finance was the path for him. He became very involved in campus life: Student Association, Student Events Board, Spectrum, The Chronicle photographer, and ALANA is Leadership are just a few of the activities De Leon participated in.

De Leon credits his activities and academic experiences for getting his dream job so quickly. While the Huether School of Business requires one internship, De Leon completed two — the first at the New York State Office of the State Comptroller as an auditor, the second as a credit analyst at the New York Business Development Corporation, where he accepted his first position post-graduation in May.

Now, two months and two weeks after his Class of 2014 commencement, De Leon has started work as a Financial Data Analyst at Moody’s. He describes the position as a “dream” due to its entry-level opportunity, location in New York City, diverse company culture, and because of international business relations. In his role, De Leon will be speaking Spanish, his first language, on a daily basis. With time, Moody’s will likely send De Leon on to become a Certified Financial Analyst, further completing his career aspirations.

For now, De Leon is thrilled for his present opportunity. “Who would’ve thought that I’d be working at the World Trade Center? Not in my wildest dreams.”

So Close To Saying Goodbye!

With only two days left here at Legal Services Corporation I am filled with an array of emotions. Mostly, excitement for my future since I have two job offers awaiting me in Albany, NY and secondly, motivation to continue to do more in the public service realm. I have just been introduced to my family (that’s how all the employees here make you feel) here at LSC a presentation that shared details about my internship experience. For your enjoyment I have decided to share this with all of you. Although I have been quite behind on my blogs; I will catch you all up and will continue to blog about my experience leaving LSC and returning to Albany. I hope you all will still continue to read on and I appreciate your generous support. [Below is my power point video and speech]


I cannot begin to thank everyone for their kindness, help and generous support shown to me during my time here at Legal Services Corporation. Some of you may not know but I am Jacquelyn Richards, and I have had the privilege, this summer, to intern in the Executive Office. I have so many stories that I could share with you all, about the wide range of experiences that have spanned my twenty-three years. But there is only one story that is worth sharing today, and I believe it speaks to the impact of Legal Services and the role that people like you play, to promote equal access to justice in our nation and to provide high quality civil legal assistance to low-income persons.

I have seen firsthand how poverty affects families. I come from a single-parent household with four siblings, two who have special needs. Despite this, I committed myself to excel in school and to be the first in my family to graduate and go to college. In order to achieve this goal, it did not come without its challenges. Living in an impoverished urban area I got my first taste to the justice system when I was attacked by a gang in high school. Like many families across the United States, my family and I found it difficult to access justice. Not only criminally, but civilly when suing the school for negligence and against their zero tolerance policy, which resulted in my expulsion from the school. Throughout all this darkness, I arrived at a new private school the following year and there was light! I met a representative there from The College of Saint Rose, where I recently graduated (the first of my family!) with my Bachelors in History & Political Science. Saint Rose led me here, to Jim, and LSC. Against all odds, I rose happily and inspired; I then began my quest to secure justice for marginalized communities.

LSC– little did you all know, you not only provide civil legal services to low-income Americans, you actually took one in as one of your own and provided her with more resources that she can and will continue to share with an abundance of personal connections, families, and communities. Interning for LSC was a chance to step outside the world in which I grew up, where I was comfortable and successful. LSC has also given me the confidence in myself, I lacked for so long. I will use this new-found courage to (1) tell you all how grateful I am for this opportunity and (2) to continue OUR fight for equal justice.

I am returning to Albany, NY with two job offers; one with the NYS Senate, the other an intellectual property law firm. I will also be working on completing my law school applications. I intend to pursue a dual-degree program to obtain my JD and Masters in Public Administration with additional schooling in Mandarin Chinese. My long term goals are to become a city planner and work with cities much like my home city, and do the very thing that all of you are doing— support communities by providing equal access to justice in our nation and to provide high quality civil legal assistance to low-income persons. Your generosity and commitment is exactly the kind of work people like me need to expand the opportunities available, and to enhance the lives of the next generation.

Thank you.

After the Interns Presentation’s [From left to right: Justin, Sydnee, Jim Sandman (President), me, Joe, and Nupur