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Graduate Balances Career and Family to Achieve Success in Financial Services
Carla McDonald graduated from Berkeley College as an Honors Scholar with a B.S. in Financial Services in 2012. Ms. McDonald took classes online and at Berkeley College’s Newark campus as a full-time student while also working at UBS Financial Services and raising her children, Tyler and Taylor. “It was hard and sometimes I got discouraged, but I always set goals for myself,” Ms. McDonald said.
Ms. McDonald credits Berkeley College’s faculty for encouraging her to maintain a strong work ethic while juggling academics, a career, and family responsibilities. “Tammi Pitt, who was an Academic Advisor at the time of my enrollment, really supported me when school became a little overwhelming, always there to raise my spirits,” Ms. McDonald said. “I am truly grateful for her attentiveness at that point in my life.”
Currently, Ms. McDonald is a Senior Client Service Associate at Oliver Luxxe Assets, where they manage $340 million in assets. “It is freeing to make bold decisions for your life and accomplish them,” Ms. McDonald said.