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Photo Caption: Miguel Sanchez of Garfield, NJ, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, graduated with a BBA in Financial Services from Berkeley College and works for Academy Securities in New York City.
VETERAN STUDENT MIGUEL SANCHEZ GRADUATES FROM BERKELEY COLLEGE
Praises support he received to find success following service in the U.S. Marines Corps
Miguel Sanchez clearly remembers the day he enrolled at Berkeley College – it was the same day he was discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps. Having come to the United States from the Dominican Republic at age 9, speaking no English, and growing up in a rough inner-city neighborhood, he praises the support he received from staff and faculty while earning his B.B.A. degree in Financial Services. Now he is working in the field of his choice, supporting a social mission that mentors and helps employ post 9/11 veterans.
We asked him about his experiences and his views on what it takes to be successful.
What does success mean to you?
Success is a personal thing – it cannot be measured. Oftentimes people describe success as this unattainable thing, with a host of mythical qualities tied in with a large amount of money. For me, Success is more about having a sense of direction and purpose. Success is having a sense of fulfillment, derived from internal effort. If you get up every single day and just try, success will be relevant to you every day of your life.
How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?
Berkeley College laid a great foundation that was extremely valuable for me, not having had private-sector experience. I became familiar with basic business ethics and practices. I learned how to structure a resume, what people are looking for, as a veteran how to effectively translate military experience into civilian terms. I learned best practices about becoming the ideal candidate. Beyond the education in the classroom, I learned things that are valuable in the real world.
Berkeley also provided flexibility. I could take classes at night, online, and get both the experience and the education. Employers want both – experience and education.
Was there a particular faculty or staff member who stands out?
Karine Rosal, a counselor in Career Services, taught me the importance of networking and how to translate the leadership skills I picked up in the Marine Corps into the field of business, so others could see how I add value. This knowledge led me to be able to compete and helps me perform to the best of my abilities every day.
How do you see yourself being successful in the future?
Being a person who can influence other people through my experiences. Having come from a low-income metropolitan area, enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps at a young age, completing my undergraduate degree and all other future goals I plan to accomplish will help me do that. I just want people who are at a disadvantage, or feel they can’t move forward because of their current situations to look at me as an example that anything is possible.
What is your advice to college-bound students?
Try every single day. If you don’t understand something, try to find a way to simplify, find someone to help. The resources are out there. Technology is changing for millennials and will get you where you need to be. Even if you have zero experience, all the things you do in college will make you the ideal candidate. Treat college as you would a career or a job. It has nothing to do with being the smartest.
About Berkeley College
Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
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