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Up Close with Sgt. Jonathan Callaway

Sgt. Jonathan Callaway credits the Berkeley College faculty and the Honors program with challenging him intellectually, boosting his confidence, and encouraging him to apply to Army Officers’ School.

Here are his thoughts about success and how Berkeley prepared him to reach his goals:

Q. What does success mean to you?

A. Success is when you come home at the end of the day and you’ve made a difference. It’s when you know you couldn’t have done any better.

Q. How did Berkeley prepare you for success?

A. After I served in the Marines, I worked for the FBI for a short time, but I felt like I wasn’t hired for my brain. So when I started going to school, I realized I could do well. When I was a freshman, I got all As and a 4.00. I realized I could graduate with a 4.00. Berkeley gave me the confidence and the boost to know I could sit down at an interview and that they’ll be impressed with what I’ve done intellectually.

Q. How do you see yourself being successful in the future?

A. Being an officer will lead me to being a leader. Down the road, being successful will mean being able to influence a group of people to rise above their challenges.

Q. What advice would you give to college-bound students?

A. Show up on time and attempt everything you’re supposed to do. Accept challenges and do your best.