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1983

My Bentley Story by Ito Santiago

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and went to Bentley from 1979-1983. During my freshmen year, I was one of a handful of Hispanic students and, even though I had a good transition away from home and into campus life, I still faced the usual challenges of adapting to the US mainland lifestyle, language and culture. This, of course, became easier as a result of the new relationships that I soon developed with other students, the campus environment and whole college experience that Bentley offered at that time. However, the most influential and positive moments I had began to happen during my Junior year when a group of friends and I got involved with the International Club. Through it we organized field trips, themed parties, international dinners, among other events. All of these experiences lead us to develop great memories from our time at Bentley as well as close relationships that still last today and will continue for the rest of our lives. As a matter of fact, we held a Bentley Latino reunion (86 attendees of which most were past members of the International Club) in Miami just over a week ago and, even though some of us hadn't seen each other for more than 30 years, we immediately hit it off as if we had not seen each other since yesterday. And there were no exceptions about how everyone felt about it as this was said over and over again! As we shared our own life stories with each other, I realized that we had become a special and very close group with many talented individuals, as evidenced by the strength of our friendship and our collective achievements both professionally and personally. If Bentley hadn't made a commitment to support the International Club then, both financially and otherwise, those memories and friendships probably would have never happened. And for that, I will always be grateful to Bentley! And by the way, it wasn't until I went out to the business world that I realized how good of an education I received at Bentley, even though I wasn't a very good student!

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