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Meet the Class of 2011: Annie Tran

June 2, 2011

Annie Tran

This is the seventh in a series of profiles of Lehman College 2011 graduates.

Although her Bensonhurst home is closer to Brooklyn College, Annie Tran decided that Lehman College—even with its three-hour daily commute—was the school for her. The Macaulay Honors College senior chose Lehman not just for its lush green campus but also because of its smaller class sizes.

"That was the most important thing for me," says Tran. "You get a lot of individual attention from the professors."

For Tran, a psychology major, the smaller class sizes really paid off; not only was she accepted into the Ph.D. program in psychology at the University of Delaware, but she won the prestigious Margaret Spahr Alpha Chi Alpha Award at Commencement for the highest index in the social sciences. She graduated summa cum laude and as a member of both Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, and Phi Beta Kappa, one of the oldest U.S. honor societies.

Tran credits her professors for pointing her in the right direction—in particular, Dr. Sarah Shuwairi (Psychology), who first offered her a chance to work as a research assistant, and Professor Gary Schwartz, who directs the CUNY Macaulay Honors College at Lehman.

"I feel very gratified to be here," she says. "The professors are always there for you. They inform you of all the opportunities that you may not know about."

Now that she's graduating, Tran plans on enjoying the summer at home before her big move to Delaware, where she will pursue her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology for the next five years. There's only one last thing she has to plan for.

"I need to learn how to cook," she laughs, "but I guess I'll figure it out."