Gilbert Bonafe Jr. ’11
September 4, 2013
College Advisor, National College Advising Corps (Photo by Carl Sander Socolow '77)
What I love most about what I do: I love to see the joy that a student has after having been accepted to a college or university—when they come into my office, smiling from ear to ear.
The most challenging part of my work: Convincing a student that education is worth it. If a student thinks postsecondary education is a waste of time or that investing in the future is not worth it, convincing them otherwise is difficult.
How Dickinson prepared me for what I do: At Dickinson, I grew both socially and academically. Dickinson not only prepared me, it inspired me.
My favorite organization at Dickinson: Without Posse, I don’t think I would have succeeded at the same level.
The accomplishment I am most proud of today: Having a degree from a school like Dickinson. When I go back home to the Bronx to see my friends and family, I realize how fortunate and lucky I am to have been given the opportunity to educate myself and change my life. It is because of Dickinson that I am on my way to get a master’s degree from Harvard.
What “practice civility” means to me: It means approaching everyone in a manner in which goodwill, joy, humor, happiness, thoughtfulness, insight, vision and perseverance are nurtured!
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A previous profile of Gilbert Bonafe Jr.: Finding That Joy