Kavita Nauth

From Undocumented to Senior Manager: Monroe Gave Me A Future, I Did Not Think Was Possible

During high school, Kavita faced the challenge of being undocumented, which greatly limited her opportunities to further her academic journey. However, her life took a positive turn when Lisa Scorca introduced her to the opportunities available at Monroe College. Encouraged by the prospect of advancing her education, Kavita applied to the college and was thrilled to receive an acceptance letter.

Though uncertain about how to afford college, Kavita didn't let that deter her. She wrote essays to secure scholarships, which supported her during her first semester at Monroe. Additionally, she availed herself of the payment plans offered by the college and was granted a partial scholarship, but there was still a significant amount, around $3,000, that she needed to cover. Determined to pursue her dreams, Kavita took on a job as a camp counselor at a church in St. Albans, Queens, to meet her financial needs while studying.

Kavita was ambitious and took accelerated courses, completing her associates degree in just one year. She enrolled in Monroe's Criminal Justice Program, overcoming financial hurdles by relying on the library to photocopy the necessary textbook pages at a minimal cost. In December 2007, she successfully graduated, and in April 2008, she proudly walked at the graduation ceremony, becoming the first member of her family to earn a college degree.

In 2008, Kavita seized an opportunity to work for Alpha Outsourcing Services Corporation. After the project concluded in 2010, she faced a period of unemployment. However, her determination and networking skills led her to secure a receptionist position at BDO in September 2010. Kavita's determination and hard work caught the attention of her colleagues, and she eventually secured a temporary position in the group she aspired to be a part of. Due to her exceptional performance, she was offered a full-time position with the company in February 2012.

Despite her full-time job, Kavita was not content to stop her education. She pursued a master's degree while working, facing the challenges head-on. Although it was demanding, her dedication paid off and set her on a path to success.

Over the past ten years, Kavita Nauth has flourished in her role at BDO, reaching the position of senior manager. She attributes much of her success to the support she received from Monroe College, which played a pivotal role in helping her achieve her dreams and overcome the obstacles posed by her undocumented status.