International College Names January Student of the Month

Ifocoeur Desir, 22, of North Naples, was named International College’s student of the month for January 2003.

Desir, a legal studies major, holds a perfect 4.0 GPA, and has been named to the dean’s list six times since enrolling at the College for the summer 2001 term. A native Haitian, Desir doesn’t let language stand in the way of being a stellar student.

“I learned in my country that if you have an education, you will have more opportunities lie ahead of you,” said Desir, who moved to Naples with his family in September 2000. “I came to school, because I always wanted to be someone very important in my country. Education is important, because people see you differently. They respect you more and you have a better chance to be successful in society.”

Desir admits he was a bit trepidatious about attending college, but found the staff and faculty at International College friendly and encouraging.

“In the beginning, I didn’t think I’d make it, but all my professors were very helpful. They reinforced how important it is to be here,” Desir said.

James Hodge, Legal Studies Program Chair, said Desir has never scored below a 99 on any of tests Hodge has given him. Everyday, Desir can be found engrossed in his textbooks in the library and at home.

“He is the most dedicated and hardest-working individual I have ever known. He has mastered the concepts of law and is a leader of his peers.”

Harold Russell, a psychology professor at International College who nominated Desir, marveled over Desir’s ability to help others, in spite of balancing his own studies and a job.

“He is always available to help fellow students. He’s helped other Haitian students with translations, homework and other issues that arise,” Russell said.

Desir earned his associate degree at the College and plans to attend law school after graduation. His goal is to work in the United States for 15 years and then return to Haiti.
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