Taking a Semester Off: A New Way to Succeed?
Looking for college success? You might want to consider taking a semester off.
David Zuniga, 22, decided to put his educational goals on hold to work as the full-time campaign manager for City Council candidate Dennis Saffran (R-19th District).
“You can’t skip a day of work here, you know, you skip a lecture you skip a class which people do depends on the professor and consequences…here-- you have to be more responsible, you have to make decisions,” said Zuniga.
Will Simpkins, Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development at John Jay College, believes students can greatly benefit from taking time off for the right opportunity.
“You’re able to apply what you’ve seen in the real world to the theory and the principles you’re learning in the classroom, and it just comes alive,” said Simpkins.
Zuniga feels this experience will make him a stronger job applicant in the future, but his main concern right now is getting his candidate in office.
“What motivates me is 1- I’m learning a lot more than I could in the classroom, and 2- it’s worth it, this individual, Dennis Saffran is a good man that needs to be on the City Council in New York City,” said Zuniga.
Saffran ran for the 19th District City Council seat in 2001, and narrowly lost by 400 out of 35,000 votes.
The 19th District includes College Point, Auburndale, Broadway-Flushing, Whitestone, Malba, Beechhurst, Robinwood, Bay Terrace, Bayside, Little Neck, and Douglaston.