“There are only two colleges on St. Lucia, and one is a medical college,” says accounting major Chadrick Frederick, explaining why he left his Caribbean home and enrolled at BMCC.
“I used to go to New York City for vacations and to visit family,” he says. “The first time was in December and it was so freezing. It was my first time seeing snow.”
Moving from a quiet West Indies island to one of the world’s most dense urban centers created a kind of “culture shock,” he says. “Everyone is rushing everywhere, here.”
On the other hand, many facets of New York feel like home.
“I played soccer in high school and still play,” he says. “I made it to the roster of the BMCC team, but couldn’t play because I was busy with the accounting club and my studies.”
“Busy” is an understatement
Besides being VP of the Accounting Club—“I’m always recruiting members, trying to keep it active”—Frederick is a BMCC Foundation Scholar and member of Phi Theta Kappa, led by Professor Alex d’Erizans.
“He helps us with projects to increase retention rates for students, and achieve their higher education degrees,” says Frederick, who tutors fellow students in economics, and through the BMCC VITA Program, gained IRS certification to provide free tax preparation out of the Carver Federal Savings Bank in East New York, Brooklyn.
Another opportunity came about “thanks to my accounting professors Sydney Askew and Joel Barker,” he says.
This past July, along with accounting major Demson Salmon, he joined about 30 other community college students from around the country to attend the five-day Accounting Scholars Development Program through the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
“We had guest speakers and did resume building, mock interviews, visited accounting firms in the area and did exercises on team work and communication,” says Frederick.
“It’s beautiful there. The altitude is different. And I learned a lot about internal auditing, which is a new option for me.”
Because of that experience, Frederick pursued a CUNY Service Corps internship to assist with internal auditing at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
“I was visiting my family in St. Lucia, and they Skype-interviewed me for the internship,” he says.