• Commencement 2014

     Wai (Kat) Lam - Class of 2014


    Content Student Profile- Wai LamWai (Kat) Lam journeyed from China to the United States at 18-years-old with a college experience loaded with opportunities for personal growth as a top priority. 

    “Hong Kong universities are overly competitive and homogeneous,” says the Honors Student Advisory Committee (HSAC) member. LaGuardia Community College offered her exactly what she was looking for: a diverse and challenging academic environment.

    The Biology major admits that her mother’s job opportunities have been limited due to her elementary school education. “She wanted me to have a different life than her so she encouraged me to go to college,” said Wai.

    The ambitious student took full advantage of her surroundings and immersed herself in HSAC, the student-run collective that coordinates peer-led transfer and scholarship workshops and projects that promote student research and civic engagement. Peer support and a sense of community challenged the 20-year-old to do more with her experience at LaGuardia, and she became executive officer of HSAC.

    Wai’s dedication and diligence won her first place for the 2013 Student Poster Presentation in Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the National Collegiate Honors Council for her research the fertility of fruit flies. And she is gaining professional experience in her field as an intern at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

    As a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, maintaining a 3.9 GPA, Wai has won two $1,000 LaGuardia Foundation scholarships: LaGuardia Community College Merit Scholarship for STEM Majors and the Mary and David Soloman Scholarship.

    Wai has applied to John Hopkins University, Brown University and Cornell University. “LaGuardia gave me the confidence, knowledge and skills I needed to apply to those schools so I can achieve my dream to become a physician and scientist who develops cancer vaccines.”