Berkeley Today Stories

Up Close with Jay Calise

What does success mean to you?
Being able to get up in the morning, go to work, come home at the end of the day, and know that I’ve made a difference.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?
The flexibility of online courses, and knowing Berkeley College as a prestigious college. With Berkeley offering online classes, I was able to complete my homework and projects while at home properly recuperating.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?
The courses that I took at Berkeley College helped me to hone my typing skills, as well as develop focus and problem-solving skills in a group setting. Those courses also helped prepare me to work in a corporate environment. Previously, I had worked in retail and food service, but never in an office setting.
Courses like creative writing, medical billing and coding, and anatomy in particular left a major impact on me. Given that I work with the public in my job, both over the phone and through email, there is always a need for eloquence in my speaking and my writing. Human anatomy knowledge is also very important for my role, as I work with my clients to schedule examinations for orthopedic problems, neurologic problems, as well as many other medical injuries. Understanding the human anatomy helps me help the client determine what examinations are necessary.

In which ways do you see yourself being successful in the future?
I am aiming to work my way toward a corporate title.

What advice would you give to college-bound students?
Go to college, study, do your homework, and stay focused.

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?
Earning my way into the Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Lambda national honor societies. It is possibly the most prestigious honor I could ever have had bestowed upon me.