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Berkeley College alumna Rosa Reynoso

Family Motivates Graduate to Succeed



Berkeley College Alumna, Rosa Reynoso Rosa Reynoso was working full-time during the day and taking classes in the evenings and on Saturdays at Berkeley College in White Plains, NY, all while juggling her role as a single mother. As difficult as it was managing so many responsibilities, there was one person who kept her inspired as she worked toward her dream of becoming a paralegal. That person was her daughter, who recently turned 11 years old. “I wanted to be an example to her,” Ms. Reynoso said. “She is my motivation to work as hard as I do.”

Ms. Reynoso earned her A.A.S. in Management from Berkeley College in 2014, and is currently working towards her B.S. in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice. With support from the Career Services Department, she was able to strengthen her writing and interview skills, landing her first professional experience through an internship at El Centro Hispano in White Plains, NY, an organization dedicated to helping the Hispanic community. Ms. Reynoso also credits the guidance she received from Ana Yee, Berkeley College Director, Career Services, White Plains, NY, in helping find her current role as a paralegal for The Klein Law Group in New York City. “No words can express the feelings of gratitude I have toward Ms. Yee and Berkeley College,” she said.

Up Close with Rosa Reynoso

What does success mean to you?

To continue going until the end, no matter how difficult the circumstances get.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?

Amazing people and atmosphere. The people are very helpful and welcoming.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

Berkeley College prepared me for success by assisting me with my school work. Also, all of the support and guidance from Ms. Ana Yee and Career Services helped me land my dream job, working full-time as a paralegal in a law firm in New York City.

In which way(s) do you see yourself being successful in the future?

I see myself being successful by being an example to others, being a single mom, and obtaining two degrees.

What advice would you offer today’s college-bound students?

Don't give up no matter how far or difficult it may seem. It gets more manageable with time. A degree is a lifetime investment.

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?

My most memorable moment at Berkeley College was when I walked down the aisle at my graduation ceremony in 2014. It was such an amazing feeling. I felt all my hard work had paid off.