Meet the Class of 2011: Augusto Alarcon
June 16, 2011
This is the last in a series of profiles of Lehman College 2011 graduates.
Augusto Alarcon—a SEEK student with a double major in mass communication and social work—was president of Lehman's Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society chapter and plans to pursue a career in social work. His path now is certain, but that was not always the case.
Like many students who enter college straight from high school, Alarcon was unsure what to study or what career to pursue. He even considered taking a job and foregoing college altogether, but he ran into the same problem: he didn't know what kind of work he wanted to do.
"Before I came to Lehman, I thought my options were limited," Alarcon explains. "I've learned that there is more than one way of accomplishing your goals. And once you do know what you want to do, you have to work to specify it, so that you can achieve it. You don't have to settle."
Alarcon's future began to take shape almost immediately after beginning at Lehman. Through the SEEK program, he received counseling that helped him stay on course that first year. In his second year, he volunteered as a PEER Educator, which led to new opportunities working with students and Lehman administrators. He realized that he enjoyed helping students navigate through college academically and socially.
At the same time, he was honing in on his own interest. For his mass communication major, he interned at WABC-TV Channel 7 in Manhattan and quickly realized that a career in broadcasting was not for him, but as a hobby it would suit him just fine.
While working as a PEER Educator in the Office of Career Services, Alarcon completed a self-assessment questionnaire that helped him narrow his career options down to social work. "It made sense," explains Alarcon. "I enjoy working with young people and giving back to the community."
He is currently interning with the Fresh Youth Initiative (FYI), a community-based youth organization in Washington Heights, where he works to develop community services and build leadership skills in the children he counsels.
For Alarcon, who works on weekends as a doorman at a residential building in midtown Manhattan, the lesson he's learned is that every day provides an opportunity to grow, learn, and improve.