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Dec 18, 2023

From sampling streams to reintroducing fish populations to rivers, students majoring in environmental science and studies get their hands wet by engaging in real-world research through community engagement courses, internships and post-graduate experiences.

Dec 7, 2023

Berry’s ESL program — run by students who teach adult English language learners in the Rome community — is going strong. They are eager to serve all who are willing to learn.

Dec 7, 2023

Wesley Romero ’24 accepted a position with Georgia-Pacific following his summer internship. He shares why internships give college students important perspective and a foot in the door.

Nov 28, 2023

Corina Coulter ’25 ended her sophomore year with study abroad in Peru, where she observed and worked with clients in two clinics and a school as a part of Berry’s applied behavior analysis (ABA) program.

Nov 15, 2023

Almost three years into his practice, this alum says Berry’s nursing program offered the clinical and paid job experiences that positioned him for the job market and the realities of a demanding yet rewarding career.

Nov 8, 2023

After a brief transfer to a state university, this business management major returned to Berry with a signature scholarship and support from mentors that bolstered his confidence and facilitated life-changing opportunities.

Nov 2, 2023

From an early age, political science major Brandin Carter ’25 knew he wanted to practice law and dreamed of one day holding public office. Now a junior preparing for the LSAT, he says formative Berry experiences and his summer internship with a district attorney are steppingstones to achieving his goals.

Oct 25, 2023

Physics major Brenden Smothers built a cloud-computing system during his internship and was then hired as the company’s webmaster. He reflects on how Berry encouraged him to pursue his interests and credits his support network for much of his success.

Oct 18, 2023

Jamie Jang started college on a different degree path, but with the guidance of faculty, she charted a course to physician assistant school. Now she’s thriving in her major, volunteer work and on-campus jobs related to health care.

Sep 27, 2023

Abby Hilliard, a marketing and management double major, encourages students not to wait until junior or senior year for an internship. After working as a Harbin Clinic marketing intern, she has new direction and drive to start her junior year.

Sep 20, 2023

As an ambitious student with a variety of interests, Makhia Williams says an internship at Mohawk Industries, an international leader in flooring, is helping her focus career goals.

Sep 6, 2023

Hunter Perez ’23 transferred to Berry and quickly became a leader: research and teaching assistant, dairy shift supervisor and student director of orientation. Now he’s enrolled in graduate school with eyes firmly set on teaching animal science.

Aug 31, 2023

Mathewson Parks ’23 relocated to LA after graduation when he secured a highly sought after internship with the Television Academy Foundation. After a summer in Hollywood, he is now an active producer on two documentaries with the Emmy-nominated studio Elysium Media.

Aug 23, 2023

Kylie Hamilton-Lord has made a name for herself teaching students to love music. Tripling the middle school band size where she was recently employed, she sees the impact her Berry education plays in how she builds community and teaches music.

Aug 15, 2023

Ryan Segall ’23 had a software developer job in hand when he walked across the stage at graduation. Reflecting on his college experience, he expresses the value of small classes, individualized learning and practical application of computer science skills in his on-campus work and internship.

Aug 9, 2023

Lirio Morales Ibarra ’23, who majored in sociology and anthropology, capped off her senior year with an acceptance to Harvard’s Educational Leadership, Organizations and Entrepreneurship Program housed in the Graduate School of Education. She says Berry experiences — especially the opportunity to serve — played a crucial part in her success.

Aug 2, 2023

Initially struggling to find a major that catered to her career aspirations, Dasha Schaaf ’23 decided to pursue an individually designed major in organizational leadership development.

Jul 26, 2023

Bronson Pierce '22 is trading the business world for medical school at Mercer University. Although he had a stable job, he felt unfulfilled. Now, after a degree from Berry, he credits his medical school acceptance to his support team.

Jul 12, 2023

With a desire to live and work abroad, Claire Rowan ’22 gave her teaching credentials a competitive edge, thanks to training at Berry.

Jun 30, 2023

The combination of academics and practical training in Berry’s nursing program paired with a four-year service scholarship prepared this nurse to deliver care with compassion and empathy.

Jun 27, 2023

Trejohn Skinner ’23 found a way to bridge his love of performing with knowledge acquired on the business side of the industry — and tailored his music major to his interests and career goals.

Jun 21, 2023

Majoring in economics and Spanish plus minoring in mathematics and physics, this business student embraced activities at Berry with energy and determination — including her position as technical director of Berry Outdoor Leadership Development (BOLD).

Jun 14, 2023

Carly Robinson ’23 came to Berry specifically for the applied behavior analysis (ABA) minor housed in the psychology department. ABA classes and relevant internships prepared her for graduate studies at Augusta University.

Jun 8, 2023

Alex Ruble ’23, a communication major and business minor, shares how he started a successful photography and videography business during his time at Berry.

May 31, 2023

Amy Solana ’23 plans a career in recreational therapy. To achieve her goal, she personalized her major with a combination of work, academic and research experiences — and even won the admiration of some honorary grandparents along the way.

May 23, 2023

Future veterinarian Brooke Appelbaum ’23 accumulated meaningful hours caring for animals, from the cattle and sheep on Berry’s campus farm to beloved pets at a specialty veterinary clinic. She also conducted research that could lead to new ways of protecting livestock from disease. Accepted to four veterinary schools, she chose the University of Georgia.

May 17, 2023

Entering college undecided about your major can open you to new possibilities and career options, as Kate Gray ’23 learned at Berry. Taking Spanish enriched her life and set her on a path to use her language skills in service to others.

May 11, 2023

Studies in the humanities positioned Vanessa Rice ’23 to receive a coveted Fulbright Scholarship as well as two Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. Department of State.

Apr 24, 2023

As an executive vice president at Edelman, Kristen Stone ’00 attributes much of her career preparation to Berry. She is excited to be back, teaching a Berry course on social media strategy and giving her students similar real-world experiences.

Apr 18, 2023

Amber Bingham ’23 knew that Berry was the place for her when she learned about the robust education program. As early as freshman year, she worked in the South Rome Early Learning Center where she discovered her love of teaching the youngest ages.

Apr 13, 2023

Inspired by a beloved animal companion, Handley Owens started her healthy dog treat business, Southern Belle Naturals, and grew it into a line of products. Her determination and ability to tell her story with wit and warmth powered her early success.

Apr 6, 2023

Weaver Ellard ’17 used his experience working full-time as a Berry student to launch his career in digital marketing. His marketing expertise is integral to running two companies.

Mar 27, 2023

Aleeya Thornton ’23 is a determined pre-med student who gained unique perspective while helping run Berry’s health center. As she reflects on the most valuable parts of her college career, she expresses gratitude for how she was challenged in her campus job and supported by her mentor and the alumni network.

Mar 13, 2023

Sydney Nelson ’22 works in a prestigious biochemistry lab and has her sights set on a career characterizing the molecular origins of disease subtypes. But she says she wouldn’t have gotten there without a Berry mentor who invited her to train in his research lab during her first semester.

Mar 3, 2023

Building on formative Berry experiences, Monica Phelps-Pineda ’13 is completing her doctorate in education at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She received the National Board of Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship in 2022.

Feb 22, 2023

Bertha Nibigira ’18 used an undergraduate internship to launch her path into youth empowerment and peacebuilding. She received a graduate degree in international development from American University.

Feb 2, 2023

Jazzy Innis ’24 is having a banner junior year — studying abroad in Galway, Ireland, working with the Center for Personal and Professional Development at Berry and attending the 2023 NCAA Convention in San Antonio.

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