Young Mother of Two Reflects Story of Many Graduating from Berkeley College this Year

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T’lyssa Connell of Brooklyn, NY, is graduating from Berkeley College this year with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Management, 11 years after graduating from high school.  A single mom with two young daughters now, back then she was unprepared when she began attending a different four-year college, and later – her local community college twice.


“I was OK with doing the minimum,” Ms. Connell said of that experience. “I wasn’t prepared mentally. I had a childish mentality. Now I am not like that.”


As she began her enrollment at Berkeley College in 2015, Ms. Connell’s situation, attitude and support system were different.


“I chose the Berkeley College campus in Brooklyn because it was smaller. Everyone knows everyone else. I received reminders from the staff to keep in contact with my professors and to use the resources and tutors at the Center for Academic Success on campus. They made sure I was on top of where I needed to be,” she said.


This time around, Ms. Connell engaged herself both mentally and academically.  She credits the Student Development and Campus Life staff for shaping her into the confident goal-oriented person she is today. “They enhanced and transformed my leadership skills,” Ms. Connell said. “They saw my potential and allowed me to blossom as a leader.”


As a quick learner, Ms. Connell also worked part-time as assistant to the Campus Operating Officer, and, she became a role model for others.


“I remember after I became an officer in the Student Government Association a new student came up and told me I inspired her when we spoke during orientation,” said Ms. Connell, who also was a founder and officer of the Caribbean Association at the Brooklyn campus.


Motivated by service to others and raising her two children, Ms. Connell dreams of one day opening a community center that offers youngsters – especially those who do not have such resources – activities and opportunities to learn and have fun. “A lot of kids do not have the opportunity to learn simple things like making an animal out of balloons, planning a party or writing a check,” she said.


Offering advice to today’s college-bound students, Ms. Connell said, “Be active and have a schedule.  Being active gets you out there. See what you like and do not like. Keep a schedule so you can balance the academics with your other activities.  Being active also helps you feel part of the community.”


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A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,100 students – including more than 440 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

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