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Bronx Institute at Lehman College Scholar to Attend MIT

June 20, 2011

Roseannie Langomas

As she has done since her freshman year at DeWitt Clinton High School, senior Roseannie Langomas plans to spend her summer studying science, mathematics, and the humanities. This time, however, she'll be doing it at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she's been accepted to its undergraduate program.

Langomas learned the news of her acceptance late last year in an early decision. "Getting in was the greatest achievement in my life," she says. "I saw what all my work in high school was for, and I saw that dreams can really come true."

She credits her participation in the Bronx Institute at Lehman College's GEAR UP and ENLACE programs for helping her achieve academic success. "GEAR UP and ENLACE helped me in many ways," explains Langomas. "I didn't have my own laptop computer until GEAR UP gave one to me. And ENLACE courses encouraged me to dig deeply into science, math, and humanities. Through trips to Frost Valley and outings to museums, the program became a family to me."

ENLACE taught her to persevere in English literature and history, subjects that came less easily to her than math and science. When she enrolled in AP English last year, she thought she would not pass, but thanks to intensive ENLACE writing courses, she found that she was well prepared.

At DeWitt Clinton, Langomas is enrolled in its Macy Honors Gifted program, a member of the ARISTA national honors society, and a participant in the ACE Mentor Program for students interested in architecture, construction, and engineering.

She plans to study mechanical engineering at MIT. "I was thinking about becoming an aerospace or electrical engineer, but my guidance counselor advised me to consider mechanical engineering because it is a path to a career in many different industries, including aerospace and nanotechnology," says Langomas.

"Roseannie's achievements are an inspiration to all of us," says Professor Herminio Martinez (Middle and High School Education), executive director of the Bronx Institute. "Helping talented Bronx students to fulfill their dreams is our highest reward."