Maria Brango is a dynamic student leader at QCC; involved with many service-based endeavors, both on and off campus. As part of an Academic Service-Learning project in an English course, Maria helped the school newspaper with their editing needs. Not only did Maria receive high praise for her efforts, she has also remained on the editorial staff, contributing her time and talents to help prepare the paper for publication. Off campus Maria is the President of the Newman Club, working on multiple service projects, including the development of an off campus food pantry to help feed needy QCC students. Maria's concern for her community dates back to her early years, when she recognized the need for tutors to help local ESL students with their homework. At the age of 15, she developed a tutoring program in her community. Maria exemplifies those qualities we hope to see in our students. She is a wonderful communicator, and hopes to continue on to a baccalaureate program in broadcast journalism. It is clear that Maria has excellent leadership skills, is civically committed, and will thrive within a community of students working together to solve societal issues.
One of the things I most value is education. That's why at age 15, I decided to start my own tutoring company to help ESL students from my neighborhood with reading, writing and math. With the help of my family and friends, I have been able to help over 80 students get back on track at school. The love I've received and values I've been taught by my students has made my job as an educator more beautiful and fulfilling than I could have imagined. In college I wanted to continue giving back to my community, so I joined Queensborough's Newman Catholic Club. Through my work as president of the club I have facilitated volunteering opportunities in soup kitchens in Brooklyn for many students. I was also able to create a food pantry at my club's facility, where any student (in the club or not) is welcomed to a free meal. In a different way, I enjoy serving Queensborough as an editor of our college newspaper. I love using my editing skills and civic engagement to help other students succeed through helpful career articles.