Brookdale Community College student Victoria Santos was named to the 2020 New Jersey All-State Academic Team.
Annually, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) honors students from each of the state’s 18 community colleges who are named to the New Jersey All-State Academic Team. Normally these outstanding students, all members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK), are celebrated at an Annual Community College Scholars Celebration. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration was cancelled this year.
“While due to the current pandemic we were unable to host a celebration in-person this year, the state’s community colleges are committed to recognizing and celebrating the outstanding achievements and exceptional service of 38 students to their communities and colleges as members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society,” said NJCCC Chair Dr. Phil Linafante.
“I felt honored that someone had recognized the hard work I have been putting into my academic career at Brookdale,” Santos, a communication sciences and disorders major, said about finding out she was named to the All-State Academic Team. Santos is graduating from Brookdale this month.
Santos said she choose to start her college education at Brookdale because of financial reasons. “Brookdale provides an affordable tuition cost in exchange for an outstanding educational program,” she said.
At Brookdale, Santos is the Vice President of Scholarships for PTK, responsible for holding workshops, running meetings, and answering questions about scholarship opportunities for PTK members. “I was able to enhance my public speaking skills each week because of the social situations I was put in,” Santos said about her role as vice president.
In addition to that role, Santos was also active in other ways with PTK. All of the officers of the honor society worked together on two major projects, one that targeted the college and one that targeted the community. Both projects focused on environmental sustainability. “We held a lecture series where multiple people came to the campus and discussed different sustainability topics – such as food sustainability, clothes made from plastics, importance of wildlife, and other topics,” she explained.
“My favorite part about Brookdale was the involvement and impact students had on campus,” said Santos. “I was able to connect with numerous amounts of faculty and students during my involvement,” she said.
“I would encourage any Brookdale student to get involved in clubs, societies, service events, or anything else. Being involved on campus is a great way to network yourself and connect with people who may be able to help you in the future,” she said.
Santo’s plan for the future includes starting at Stockton University this fall where she will continue to study communication disorders. She is studying to become a speech-language pathologist.
“I’ve always thought of Brookdale as one step I need to get closer to my future goals,” said Santos. “So, if you get overwhelmed with school work or simply by life, just remember to take it one step at a time.”
That is great advice coming from an outstanding student who recognized Brookdale was the first step in achieving her higher education and career goals. If you are interested in learning more about how Brookdale can help you reach your goals, please visit our website at www.brookdalecc.edu.