By: Marc DiPasquale, Social Media Coordinator, Berkeley College
“You are graduating from college. That means that this is the first day of the last day of your life. No, that’s wrong. This is the last day of the first day of school. Nope, that’s worse. This is a day.” I started off with this quote from Andy Samberg because…well I don’t have a good reason other than I thought it was funny. In less than twenty-four hours I will be arriving at the Prudential Center along with over two thousand other graduates to celebrate a moment that we all have worked very hard for. We finally get to tell ourselves that all those nights we lost sleep and our favorite TV shows were really worth it! Do you know how many episodes of Game of Thrones I had to DVR just because I waited last minute to start a paper? When I first attended Berkeley College a little over three years ago, like most new students I didn’t know what to expect. I just remember thinking I didn’t have to travel far if I had to leave considering I live just three blocks from the Woodland Park campus. Sure most of my friends went out of state to college but how was I going to lose out on my parent’s home cooking?! However, in all honestly Berkeley College was definitely the perfect choice for me. To this day my friends still think I’m crazy when I tell them I had FUN in college and I didn’t mind going class every day.
As graduation crept closer and closer, I started to think more and more about the best parts of my time at Berkeley and how my experiences were different from what I had imagined as an incoming freshman. Not only was I able to make many friends that I’m still in contact with since finishing in September, but most importantly I was able to receive an education from a group of fantastic professors who were both knowledgeable and considerate. It sure was nice having a professor call you by your first name in class rather than “Hey you over there”. It’s funny because now when people ask me if I would recommend Berkeley College after I tell them I graduated from there, I just simply say, “If I didn’t like it I wouldn’t be back working there!” Congratulations to everyone graduating tomorrow and I wish you all the best of luck in the future! P.S… I’ll be the one with the GoPro strapped to the top of my cap. #BerkeleyGrad2015