Academic Specialist for American Honors Jennifer Ross and Kamilla Kocsis
Meet Kamilla Kocsis, ‘20
Challenging Academics and Gratifying Student Life – Perfect Together!
Major: Liberal Arts
In my senior year of high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to study if I went to college. I knew I was interested in social services and international relations – but was unsure about which one to pursue. Thankfully Union County College was suggested to me by my guidance counselor. She put me in touch with the recruitment team and they shared all the fantastic opportunities offered at Union, including the American Honors (AH) program. The program sounded like it would be a good fit, so I decided to apply. I started at Union in the AH program in the fall of 2018.
As a member of AH, I am one of a select group of students who takes honor courses. My advisor is Jennifer Ross, who is also a mentor and a friend. After completing my first day of government class during my first semester, I realized I wanted to study international relations. Following that line of thinking, and with help from Jen, I started Union’s Model United Nations Club and I serve as the club’s president. In spring 2019, our outstanding advisor, Joseph Margiotta, Academic Specialist for History, accompanied us on a three-day conference in New York City.
When I arrived at Union, I knew I wanted to get involved with college life. In addition to Model UN, I serve as a Student Government Association (SGA) ambassador for the Cranford campus and assist the SGA with all aspects of their activities. I was invited to join Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society and am a Co-Vice President of Scholarship, where I work on the Honors in Action project and help members with their scholarship applications. I am very fortunate to be involved with so many things on campus, it’s what makes Union feel like a second home.
This past summer I spent a week attending lectures and workshops at the Rutgers University Eagleton Institute Center for American Women and Politics at their N.E.W. Leadership institute. The topic of the week was women in politics and presentations were given by female state senators, freeholders, and there were three faculty in residence for the week who shared their amazing stories and provided insightful advice. I was able to attend because Jen is always searching for opportunities for her students. Jen is a pillar of support and encouragement and has helped me become the person I am today. Thanks to Jen, my professors, PTK and SGA, and my awesome college life experience, I tell anyone who will listen that “I love Union” and you will too.
Jennifer Ross has been an Academic Specialist for the American Honors (AH) program since 2018. She serves as the program advisor and assists individuals with academic advising, transferring to a four-year institution, and teaches English courses and an honors section of UCC 101. She loves helping students grow as individuals. Before Union, Jen was an adjunct instructor of English at Saint Peter’s University and coached high school softball and soccer. She holds a master’s degree in writing from Dartmouth College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and English from Bucknell University. Jen considers herself a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame because a paper she wrote in seventh grade is stored in their Giamatti Research Center. To view it, you must wear special white gloves!