Alumnus/a, Boston. Massachusetts
“Education is a gift that cannot be taken away.”—I don’t know who said this, but the adage rings very true for me. Born in a Thai Refugee camp, the result of war from the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, I am among the lucky ones. Approximately 2.2 million people died as the result of starvation, famine, or disease. My family immigrated to the United States and calls Lowell, MA our new home. Raised by a single parent, who barely spoke English, with 3 other siblings, we made the most of what was given. Educated within the Lowell Public School system, I was drawn to technology and business. When I found out that Bentley had a great Computer Information Systems (CIS) program, I applied. I was admitted to Bentley in a non-traditional fashion through the Contractual Admissions Program (CAP), now known as Summer Transition Education Program (STEP). The program consisted of a 6 week summer intensive session that required participants to live on campus and attend real college classes. After the 6 weeks, students are then matriculated to Bentley as full time students based on their performance during the summer session. I joined the class of 2005 in the fall of 2001. The first in my family to attend college, I made the most of the opportunity presented to me while at Bentley. During my time at Bentley I was a Resident Assistant, a study abroad participant, an executive board member of the College Ambassador program, Vice President of the Bentley Pride group and a four year INROADS intern. 10 years after graduating from Bentley, I can profoundly say that a Bentley education has been the key deciding factor in many of the professional positions I’ve held. I’m extremely fortunate to have attended Bentley where I found comfort, received an excellent education and formed long life friendships. I came to America with nothing more than the clothes on my back, and I’ve arrived to a point in life where anything is possible. A Bentley education laid the foundation for life success and no one can take that away from me. Congrats to Bentley University for 100 years of empowering its students to go beyond; cheers to another 100 years.