Is "Number One" with
"My guidance counselor at Steinert strongly recommended MCCC because of its great horticulture program and internships in the field from the start," Sapudar said. "All of my classes were taught in the greenhouse. At Mercer, I gained in-depth, hands-on knowledge about plant identification, propagation, diseases and proper growing conditions." He supplemented his learning with valuable internships at D'Imperio Brothers Landscaping, Inc., in Columbus, NJ, and at Drumthwacket, the Governor's mansion located in Princeton, where he created landscape designs. "I love working outside. I want to get my hands dirty," he said.
After two years at MCCC, this Dean's List student transferred to Rutgers University in fall, 2008 to continue his education. He completed his junior year in May as an environmental planning major with a focus on the landscape industry, particularly the aesthetic enhancement of residential landscapes. He is also studying to earn a certificate in horticultural therapy, which focuses on the creative use of plants as a healing device and to help boost morale in settings such as hospitals, nursing homes and prisons.
"I am right on track with my classmates," Sapudar said. "When I graduate in 2010, I will have three strong credentials that will actually put me ahead of most students - an associate's degree, a bachelor's degree and solid work experience." He adds that he saved a significant sum on tuition while at Mercer.
was a lot of hard work but worth it," he said. "For many people,
Mercer should be an original plan, a best option. It was and is number
one with me."
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