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Berkeley College Ryan Davenport

Student Veteran Thrives in Supportive Environment



Berkeley College Ryan Davenport


Berkeley College student Ryan Davenport typically starts his day attending classes in New York City. Afterward, he stops off at the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs to chat with a counselor.

“The counselors at Berkeley College have helped me so much. I wouldn’t be doing as well as I am in college if it wasn’t for their support and guidance,” said Mr. Davenport, a U.S. Army Veteran who served in Iraq. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and Management with a Minor in International Business.

In addition, Mr. Davenport benefits from a supportive environment in the Veterans Resource Centers at Berkeley College in New York City and in Woodland Park, where he also takes classes.

“When I am having a bad day, it really helps to sit down in the Veterans Resource Center and talk to other veterans who understand what I am going through,” Mr. Davenport said.

Career Choice

Having completed a number of fashion and international business courses, Mr. Davenport has no doubt that he is on the right career track.

“Student veterans typically feel that their only option for a career is in law enforcement,” Mr. Davenport said. “I loved my time in the military, but I am not defined by the uniform. I always loved fashion, so that’s the career I want to pursue.”

Role Model for Other Students

Whether in the community or at college, Mr. Davenport thrives on offering support to fellow veterans. He serves as Secretary of the American Legion in Woodland Park, NJ, and also is President of the Student Veterans Club, NYC. A chapter of the Student Veterans of America Organization, the club offers support and guidance to student veterans.

“Building bonds and lasting friendships – that’s what veterans miss most from being in the military,” Mr. Davenport said. “At Berkeley College I have the opportunity to develop strong friendships with veterans from all branches of the military. That is very rewarding!”