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Berkeley College student Derek Newberry

Fashion Merchandising and Management Student Derek Newberry Finds His Place and Passion at Berkeley College



Berkeley College student Derek Newberry


The Dover campus of Berkeley College has been consolidated into the Woodland Park, NJ campus. Additional New Jersey campuses are located in Newark, Paramus, and Woodbridge. Programs are also offered at the New York City, Brooklyn, and White Plains, NY campuses, as well as Berkeley College Online®.

Derek Newberry of Sussex, NJ, always dreamed of working in the fashion industry, but after high school he was lost and without a plan on how to make his dream a reality. Mr. Newberry took a part-time job at a grocery store to pay his bills. After a few months he had an epiphany. “I knew if I wanted to have a successful career, I needed to make a change,” he said. “I needed to go back to school and get a degree.”

The decision to return to school was not an easy one. As a young man he struggled in school, but this time he was determined to succeed. Mr. Newberry found what he was looking for at Berkeley College’s Dover campus.

“Berkeley College is unlike any other place,” he said. “Here I am more than just a number. The faculty care about the students, and that motivates us to work hard and do our best.” Mr. Newberry says this motivation and his passion will be the key factors that make him successful in the future.

Mr. Newberry’s first course at Berkeley College was Fashion 101 with Professor Stella Nicolaou. “This class was a great introduction into the fashion industry,” he said. “I was finally learning about my passion, and, it gave me the foundation I will need to be successful in my career.”

A strong believer in the power of giving back through community service, at Berkeley College Mr. Newberry has had the opportunity to visit patients at a local nursing home and organize donations at a food bank. “It feels really good to help others,” he said. “I hope I am always in a position to support those less fortunate than I am.”

Mr. Newberry is also active on campus as a work-study student in the Student Development and Campus Life office. There he is able to help other students navigate the challenges of attending college. “The students know they can come to me with whatever problem they are having. It feels good to be a resource for others, and it is helping me build my skills as a successful leader.”

“Mr. Newberry has been a fantastic part of the team,” said Sarada Jailal, Director, Student Development and Campus Life. “He not only supports the efforts of our office, he is a strong advocate of Berkeley College, especially the Dover campus.”

Mr. Newberry looks forward to graduating in 2017 and pursuing a successful career in the fashion industry.

Dover Student Is Active Volunteer

Berkeley College student Derek Newberry volunteered at a food bank

Berkeley College student Derek Newberry is active in Dover campus life, particularly as a volunteer at the food bank (above) and during a lemonade fundraiser (below).

Berkeley College student Derek Newberry participates in a lemonade fundraiser