NECC 2020 Graduate: Dieudonne Kankolongo
Name: Dieudonne Kankolongo
Major: Criminal Justice
High School and Year of Graduation: College Imara (DRCongo) in 1980
What brought you to NECC?: I always dreamed of earning a degree here in the United States.
Why did you choose your major?: To prepare for a degree in law.
What are you planning for fall, 2020?: I must rest and completely recover as this semester I had some health issues.
What did you appreciate most about NECC?: I appreciated everything, but particularly the tutoring.
Was there a faculty or staff member who was especially helpful? If yes, how did they help you? All faculty and staff helped me especially professors Scott Joubert and Elizabeth Casanave.
Were you involved in any extracurricular activities? I volunteer at Habitat for Humanity and I teach the gospel every Sunday at my church.
What surprised you most about NECC? The way students are treated: Kindly
What advice would you give an incoming NECC freshman? To succeed, be sure to use all opportunities offered at NECC.
What would people be surprised to know about you? That I am still going to school at my age… 60.
What were the biggest challenges that you faced in pursuit of your associate degree? I would work overnight and then attend school in the morning.
What are your long term career/education plans? Become a lawyer and write at least one novel or an essay on immigration and earn a Ph.D.
Anything else you want to add? As Hemingway says, “a man is never defeated” and Soyinka adds “life stirs”. As long as I am living, I will never stop learning.