“I love meeting and interacting with new people who have different backgrounds.” Aissatou Ndaiye, known as Aida, discovered a diverse community when she transferred to The College at Brockport, State University of New York. Focused on her Finance and Business Administration degrees, Aida has made Brockport home by immersing herself in the campus culture
Aida was born and raised in Senegal, West Africa. When she was 16 she moved to America to continue her education. She attended Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City, where she received her associate’s degree in Business Administration. It was then that Aida decided it was time for a change and a new challenge. Aida explains, “I chose to go to a small college so I could be outside of my comfort zone, learn about myself and focus more on my studies.” Impressed by the friendliness of students and faculty, Aida knew she had made the right choice during her first semester on the Brockport campus. “The transition was a learning experience. I met lots of great people that pushed me to achieve my goals, and I’m extremely happy about that.”
Aida Fun Fact:
Aside from English, Aida can speak French, Wolof and Serer (native West African languages), a little Spanish, and she reads Arabic!
One of Aida’s goals was to become involved on campus. A CSTEP/McNair scholar, Aida has thrown herself into life on campus as a French tutor, an off-campus representative for Brockport Student Government, and Treasurer of the Caribbean Student Association. She also is a member of the Finance Club, African Student Union, Organization of Students of African Descent, and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. Aida also completed the Green Leadership Certificate Program, which is part of the College’s Leadership Development Program. Aida, who knows all too well the challenges faced by a transfer student, also provides support and guidance as an office assistant and transfer peer mentor for the Transfer Retention Center. Through her extracurricular activities and commitment to the campus community, Aida continues to discover everything that Brockport holds for a determined student.
Aida has not only accepted the opportunities given to her, but has also created her own. In 2009, Aida, in partnership with her brother and friends, began a non-profit organization, New Generation. The purpose of New Generation is to help provide assistance to children in need in her home country of Senegal. “Some kids cannot go to school because their parents are not financially stable enough to pay for their education, and they cannot afford medicine. Our goal is to send medicine, clothes and non- perishable items to help those kids.” Currently, the organization is raising funds to build a library, and continues their efforts to collect computers, books, supplies, and anything else that could make a difference for the Senegalese children and the community.
Aida Fun Fact:
A love of travel has taken Aida to the countries of France, Spain, Portugal, Canada, and the Dominican Republic. She also has traveled across the United States to; Atlanta, GA; North Carolina; Los Angeles, CA; Washington DC; and Miami, FL.
At the end of her College journey, Aida hopes to use her degrees to find a job at an established financial firm, where she can take her business knowledge and put it to use, while traveling the world. After accumulating work experience she hopes to move into a managerial position, gaining financial freedom, job security, and personal growth.
Transferring schools can be an intimidating experience, but for Aida Ndaiye making the move to The College at Brockport was a decision that helped put worries at ease and her future in focus. Aida has become highly accomplished in her time at Brockport. And it is the constant support she has received from family, friends, faculty and staff, along with her spirit, intelligence, determination, and heart that will lead Aida down a path of certain success.