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.


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!



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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About Berkeley College

Berkeley College, established in 1931, is a regionally accredited college providing excellence in teaching and learning through a student-focused approach to career education. Berkeley College offers Bachelor's and Associate's degrees, Certificate programs, and non-degree professional courses at campuses in New Jersey, New York, and through Berkeley College Online. A Master of Business Administration degree is offered in Woodland Park, NJ, and online. The college enrolls over 7,100 students (more than 440 international students, representing nearly 75 countries).


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