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Berkeley College alumnus Sanders Mendez

Guidance from Berkeley College Faculty Leads to Growing Paralegal Career

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Berkeley College alumnus Sanders Mendez

 

Sanders Mendez was balancing responsibilities between a family of four children and full-time employment while attending evening classes at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan. With the help of Berkeley College’s faculty, advisors, and extensive resources, he was able to prepare for a paralegal career that led to a growing role at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) in Manhattan. “All the sacrifices of going to evening classes paid off,” Mr. Mendez said.

A resident of Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Mendez earned an A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies from Berkeley College in 2013. He then continued his efforts by earning a B.S. in Legal Studies in 2015.

Mr. Mendez credits Berkeley College’s courses and tutoring resources for strengthening his writing and communication skills. “What I learned in those classes helped me become a better person in a professional setting,” Mr. Mendez said.

Mr. Mendez also credits a Berkeley College Career Fair with helping him land a job as Generalist Clerk at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. He said his B.S. in Legal Studies helped him attain his current role as a Paralegal Specialist in Litigation and Corporate Security for the PANYNJ in October 2015.

Berkeley College 85th anniversary success story
Up Close with Sanders Mendez

What does success mean to you?

Setting a goal and knowing you will reach it.

What inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?

The convenience of going from work to school. Also, they had the Legal Studies program that interested me the most.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

By providing excellent professors and the resources a college should always have, including tutoring, counseling, and career advice.

In what ways do you see yourself being successful in the future?

Growing within the organization I work for by going to the next level, which is public administration. I also thank the Lord for helping me in my daily life.

What advice would you offer today’s college-bound students?

Set a goal to where you want to go and use all resources available to fulfill that goal. At the same time, analyze the best options to complete the goal without giving up.

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?

The amazing cross-multicultural experience in every class I had.

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