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Graduate Views Success as Helping Others for the Greater Good
When CBS News convened a group of 33 millennials from 12 states for a town hall discussion on last fall’s presidential election, Alexis Gonzalez was named as a panelist. It was a proud moment for Mr. Gonzalez and his family when he was chosen to express his views on issues like jobs, the economy, immigration and civil rights.
Mr. Gonzalez, a first generation Mexican-American living in Astoria, NY, also spoke about his dreams of living a better life in the United States. “Having the honor of sharing my opinions is a memory etched in my heart and mind forever,” said Mr. Gonzalez. “Representing my fellow Latinos and the Berkeley College student body was the most humbling moment of my college career.”
It’s no wonder Mr. Gonzalez was chosen to participate. His accomplishments at school, as well as in the community, are inspiring. “It seemed impossible to accept the challenge offered by Berkeley College when I came straight from high school,” he said. “I was offered an Honors scholarship with the stipulation that I maintain a minimum of a 3.5 GPA. The task seemed impossible, but my parents had complete confidence in my ability to meet the challenge.”
His parents were right; Mr. Gonzalez graduated on May 5, 2017, with a 4.0 grade-point average, and has been recognized by the Berkeley College Honors Faculty for academic performance and community outreach. The Honors Program at Berkeley College includes a rigorous academic component and also requires students to contribute hours toward community service. “I measure my achievements by how I have helped others succeed,” Mr. Gonzalez said. “Simply put, success is to have done something positive for your fellow human being.”
Mr. Gonzalez is ready to enter the business world with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in hand. During his student internship at KPM Tax & Accounting Services in New York City, he learned about tax codes, accounting procedures and analyzing records.
“Critical thinking is important in any field,” said Mr. Gonzalez, pointing out that as an accounting major, he learned to question, examine, and research everything. “Thanks to professors who applied their experiences to the subject matter, I learned that what’s written in books may not always be right.”