Veteran Student Overcomes Challenges

Jose Pagan always knew success would not come easily. In the U.S. Army, he sought escape from his tough South Bronx. After eight years of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, he found himself homeless. He turned to Berkeley College to begin a post-military career.

At first, college life was difficult. He reached out to Berkeley’s Personal Counseling Services for support. He excelled, eventually earning a spot on the President’s List and is now poised for his next mission—a degree in Legal Studies.