Sarah Elsayed Recognized as Berkeley College New York Outstanding Student of the Year


Berkeley College

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Berkeley College recently honored the achievements of Sarah Elsayed of Patchogue, NY, by presenting her with The Robert Maher Outstanding Student Award for 2008. Ms. Elsayed, who completed her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management, received the award during the Berkeley College 2008 Commencement Ceremony held at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. 

The Robert Maher Outstanding Student Award is presented annually to a member of the graduating class who has met Berkeley’s high standards of academic excellence while overcoming personal, professional, or financial obstacles. 
“The highest honor bestowed upon a Berkeley College graduate is The Robert Maher Award,” said Michael Baston, JD, Berkeley College Dean, Student Development and Campus Life, New York. “Each year a committee of faculty and administrators chooses a recipient who understands the value of education and demonstrates the tenacity and persistence to improve under difficult circumstances. While academic and career successes speak volumes for a student, Sarah found time to become an active and vital member of the college community and to give back to others.”
Ms. Elsayed served as the Chief Editor of the Berkeley Chronicles, a student newspaper. Her position as Chief Editor made her an automatic member of the Student Council, which worked with the Student Government Association and Student Development on ways to improve student life outside of the classroom.
Ms. Elsayed was also a member of the Muslim Student Association, which was created to share information about Islam with non-Muslim students, as well as giving Muslim students a place to get together and discuss the challenges of being a young Muslim student. In addition, she was a member of Lighthouse International, an organization that provides aid to the visually impaired.
As a home-schooled student, Ms. Elsayed’s first experience in a classroom with people she didn’t know was at Berkeley College. She admits to being so shy that she didn’t speak to anyone in her classes until half-way through her courses. Overcoming shyness was a big challenge. “Not only was I able to overcome it,” she said, “but I now take every opportunity to present in public and have fun with it.”  
Her advice for recent college graduates is: “Allow well-established business people to share their experiences with you. They love it. Most important, don’t be miserable! If you don’t like what you’re doing now, change it. Make sure you put everything you’ve learned up to this point to good use.”
A leader in business education for 77 years, Berkeley College currently maintains an enrollment of over 6,000 students, with more than 600 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, and four New Jersey campuses located in West Paterson, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. In addition, the College offers Berkeley College Online and its Corporate Learning Partnership program. All campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s website address is



Photo Caption: Berkeley College recently honored Sarah Elsayed (right) of Patchogue, NY, by presenting her with the Robert Maher Outstanding Student Award for 2008. Also in the photo is Berkeley College Interim President Dr. Rose Mary Healy. Ms. Elsayed was recognized at Berkeley College 2008 Commencement Ceremony held at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ.

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