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Letter: Left in lurch by Dowling College

Dowling College in Oakdale is shown on Tuesday,

Dowling College in Oakdale is shown on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, the day officials announced it would have to close. Credit: Johnny Milano

I’m among the students affected by the closure of Dowling College [“300 show up at counseling event,” News, June 3]. I’ve been a student there for seven years, and it has introduced me to a world of career possibilities. I’ve met many friends and a wonderful faculty. I’m sad to see Dowling College close, and I’m also frustrated with how the master’s program is concluding for my friends and me.

I’m studying for a degree in special education. While registering for classes each semester, I faced numerous obstacles, including classes being dropped, sometimes because of low enrollment.

I was only made aware of Dowling College’s closure by watching the news.

A closure of this magnitude doesn’t happen overnight. On May 21, as friends and I gathered at the Brookhaven campus to receive our diplomas, the board of trustees knew that Dowling College was closing and neglected to tell faculty and students who were anticipating another commencement this August. My friends and I have just three credits to complete.

Now we are filled with worry, wondering how we are going to finish our last classes.

Jennifer Guerrazzi, Mount Sinai