A Great Support System Makes a Second Chance Possible

By: Berkeley College alumnus Edison A. Jaquez, Business Administration

When I started attending Berkeley College, I wasn’t really aware of the possibilities that lie ahead. I was starting a family and ready to take on the world. I knew this would be a great opportunity for me. I especially liked the close-knit community and the fact that Berkeley was about much more than just receiving an education. It was about becoming part of a support system. The professors gave you the necessary education to take on the world, while nurturing your all-around well-being.

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As life would have it, I made mistakes and suffered consequences. When I woke up and decided to overcome my challenges, I worked hard. I was able to land an amazing job as a program coordinator working with adolescents and young adults. However, I wanted more. I wanted to uplift young people–just as my mentors and supporters had done for me. I wanted to make a difference and change the world!

 

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I decided to start a mentoring program and become a motivational speaker. I have three programs in New Jersey and I speak across the state. I am grateful to Berkeley for the opportunity to address their students on more than one occasion. It feels good to be able to come back to where it all started and share my story.

 

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