Starting College In The Summer

Ali Thabet graduated from Westhill High School in June. He started his first year of college early, spending his summer on the OCC campus taking a Pre-Calculus class. He is pictured in the Mechanical Technology lab which is located in the Whitney Applied Technology Center on the OCC campus.

Ali Thabet has a head start on his freshman year of college. Shortly after receiving his high school diploma at Westhill, Thabet took advantage of Onondaga Community College’s robust list of summer offerings and began taking a Pre-Calculus class on the OCC campus. “I wanted to jump into my major this fall. I wanted to get started as soon as I can and graduate in two years.”

When the fall semester begins Thabet plans to enroll in an engineering related major. He’ll return having successfully completed coursework and with a familiarity with campus. “It will be an advantage to know where things are and already have a difficult class behind me. I got used to the campus very quickly.”

Thabet’s father, Nagib, persuaded him to come to OCC based on his own positive experience. Nagib earned his associate degree here in Mathematics & Sceince in 2002, transferred to Le Moyne College and today works as a Physician’s Assistant. “He said OCC would be a good start for me. He paid less but still got a great education. It’s exactly what I plan on doing.”

Ali Thabet’s goal is to earn his degree in two years and continue his education at Syracuse University.

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