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Berkeley College Jeison Martinez

Jeison Martinez: Energy and Enthusiasm That Will Not Quit



Berkeley College Jeison Martinez


Berkeley College student Jeison Martinez is the embodiment of the Berkeley dream. From the humblest of beginnings, his determination (along with his family’s support) instilled in him a work ethic that pushed him to excel in cross-country, Student Government Association, and two part-time jobs—all while completing an accelerated Associate’s degree in Management and an accelerated Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration!

That would have been enough for most people, but not for Jeison. Today, he’s an American citizen and a proud member of the inaugural class of the Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies, where he’s intent on earning his M.B.A. in Management over the next two years.

“Growing up, I never even dreamed of going to college,” he said. “In fact, I didn’t even expect to graduate from high school. Now, just a few years later, I’m working toward a Master’s degree!”

“At Berkeley I developed the confidence to believe that I can accomplish anything. My professors and advisors never let me give up—they gave me the encouragement I needed. My family is so proud and I hope to be an example for others.”

- Jeison Martinez, B.S., Business Administration, Class of 2015, and M.B.A. Management, Class of 2017