Meet Berkeley College Online® Student Matt Rodriguez

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2015
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
973-278-5400, ext. 1-5122
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MEET BERKELEY COLLEGE ONLINE® STUDENT MATT RODRIGUEZ

 

“At the end of the day, you are studying because you are in a committed relationship with your future self. You want to accomplish a certain goal you have because, deep down, you really deserve it.”

Matt Rodriguez Berkeley College

Name: Matt Rodriguez

City of Residence: Manhattan, NY

Program of Study: BBA in Health Services Management

Campus: Berkeley College Online®

Expected Graduation: December 2016

Q: What have you found to be beneficial about Berkeley College’s online program?

A: The online community at Berkeley College is second to none. Every day, going online, I know that I will have a great conversation with a classmate or a professor. The interactivity between the staff and the students is phenomenally high, and looking at the discussion boards to hear each person’s opinion or approach on certain topics or assignments is great. The community itself is why I chose Berkeley College Online®. I can honestly say that I learn something new about my classmates each and every week.

Q: Why did you choose the field of health studies?

A: One of my first memories of empowerment came from within a hospital when a nurse told me that I could take a flu shot in the arm because I was strong enough. I am now 21 and I still cannot forget the smile I had right after that shot. That feeling I had of being uplifted or strong because someone told me I had it in me – I want to give that to other children and families. Caring about patients was something I’ve always wanted to do.

Q: Do you participate in any clubs or organizations at Berkeley College?

A: I participate in Berkeley College's Peer Mentoring Program. It is a program dedicated to helping those who are brand new to the online college environment and it really does make students feel better knowing that they have someone to talk to about their academic or personal issues. The effort and the back and forth between mentor and mentee is a relationship I hold very dear. Helping others fills me up with purpose. The experience is very gratifying.

Q: What advice do you have for students considering enrolling in an online degree program?

A: We all have our stories to tell. My first advice is to not be afraid to tell everyone who you are and what your story is, because you will always have an audience that will listen to you. My second advice is to never let go of who you want to become in life. At the end of the day, you are studying because you are in a committed relationship with your future self. You want to accomplish a certain goal you have because, deep down, you really deserve it. So please, keep that motivational fire burning inside you and never let go of that commitment. After all, this is your time to shine.

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