Sleyker is involved in organizations such as Habitat for Humanity (treasurer), Distributive Education Clubs of America (VP), Latin American Student Organization and Delta Sigma Pi (Vice President of Scholarship and Awards).
Sleyker works as a Chief of Staff for student workers in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
Sleyker landed an internship with Ernst & Young, one of the top four accounting firms in the world.
Why Sleyker Chose Rider
After completing his associate degree in business administration, Sleyker was looking for a four year institution with a strong sense of community. Transferring to a new college often comes with a unique set of challenges, for Sleyker, his greatest obstacle when continuing his education was his financial situation. However, with the aid of dedicated staff and faculty, Sleyker was given the opportunity to apply as a Transfer Trustee Scholar. The full-tuition, Transfer Trustee Scholarship is awarded only to the top three graduates of community colleges.
Sleyker worked hard to perfect his application, as he knew his place was at Rider, and it later paid off after he was accepted and awarded the Transfer Trustee Scholarship. Sleyker’s dedication to find the perfect community and connections, in addition to the scholarship opportunity, is why he decided to attend Rider.
Rider University opened the door for me to continue my education. For this, I will always be grateful. It was at Rider where I obtained my first accounting internship. If I continue on this path and continue doing the right things, I know I will have a successful career ahead of me. I know Rider will support me on this journey and I have my Rider family to lean on.”
Rider’s Impact on Sleyker
During his first semester, Sleyker was hired as a student worker for the Center of Diversity and Inclusion (CDI). There, he learned about the CDI’s Multicultural Student Leadership Institute (MSLI), a program that supports first-year and transfer students from diverse backgrounds in their transition to college and helps them to find their path, and later enrolled. Realizing he had found his place at Rider, Sleyker continued working with the CDI and is now their Chief of Staff for student workers. Since, he’s also gotten involved with the Latin American Student Organization and held leadership positions in Habitat for Humanity, Distributive Education Clubs of America and Delta Sigma Pi.
One of the best things I’ve learned at Rider is how to be a good leader. I learned to work with people who have different cultural backgrounds, perspectives, and work ethics.”
As a first generation student and immigrant from Venezuela, Sleyker will be the first in his family to earn a college degree. He has already completed his first accounting internship with firm Ernst & Young, and is slated to intern with the accounting giant again next summer. His goal is to get hired full-time and study to obtain his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.
Sleyker’s advice for fellow and future Rider students is to persevere and focus on your own path. He has learned not to compare himself to others, and push through any obstacles that get in the way of his journey. He is determined to pass the CPA by 2022, when he will graduate from Rider and begin the next chapter of his life.