- High School: Clara Barton in Brooklyn, Class of 2015
- Major @ OCC: Business Administration
An internet search during Diyoni Stith’s junior year of high school helped him figure out his career goal. “I was looking online for top paying jobs related to math. The first one I came to was ‘actuary science.’ I read about it, found it to be very interesting and thought, ‘That’s what I want to do and I can make a lot of money at it so why not?’” An actuary is a business professional who analyzes the financial consequence of risk. Actuaries use mathematics, statistics and financial theory to study uncertain future events, especially those of concern to insurance and pension programs.
Stith’s dream was to attend SUNY Albany but his grades weren’t good enough. OCC was his plan “B.” During his year-and-a-half on campus he’s worked hard inside and outside class and developed into an outstanding student. “I’m more focused now. I know what I have to do. I’m better with time management and organization.”
During the fall 2016 semester Stith became an officer in the Student Association, serving as its Vice President of Clubs & Organizations. “I was looking for ways to get involved in campus and being in the Student Association has been my biggest accomplishment this semester. It gave me so many opportunities to get involved. I’ve been a part of helping students at McKinley-Brighton School and have been on a panel speaking to incoming college students. I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Stith will earn his degree in May 2017. He plans to transfer and continue to pursue his career goal of becoming an actuary.