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My Bentley Story by Rebecca (DeSouza) Napier

For a while now, I've been thinking about my "Bentley Story" and what I'd say about it. I don't think it's particularly unique or exciting, but then I realized maybe that's the whole point. It's MY story - it's special to me for many reasons and has greatly impacted my life in a positive way and hopefully those around me as well. I was fortunate enough to attend Bentley on a full academic scholarship and for that I will be forever grateful. I received a great education, but I took so much more than that away with me after 4 years of undergrad and 1 year of grad school. When I arrived in the fall of 1986, I was excited, nervous and unsure of myself - feelings I imagine most incoming freshmen everywhere feel. I was an only child coming from a town only an hour away from campus. At that time, it never occurred to me that I'd live anywhere else but Massachusetts. I got lost on campus many times that first semester, not to mention a 2 hour journey home from the Ground Round one time - a trip that should have taken 10 minutes. (I wasn't the one driving, but I certainly was no help finding our way back once we took a wrong turn!) The Myers Briggs test we took as incoming freshmen told me I was an extrovert, but I didn't behave like one at that point. The supportive environment at Bentley helped me gain the confidence to be more outgoing. It provided me the opportunity to participate in clubs and groups that interested me - things that had nothing to do with business, but still taught me a great deal about community, leadership and being a well-rounded person. My Bentley experience took me on a path that led me to move across the country to Southern California - virtually by myself. Anyone who knew me as a freshman would have bet big money against me ever doing something like that. But I did it and I never left! I have a wonderful family and a great career. I also have lifelong friendships with people I've known since first semester freshman year - going on 30 years! One of them is in this photo with me - Tiffany (Cummings) Kimball. We were in each other's weddings and our families get together multiple times a year even though we live 3,000 miles apart. Between that and my involvement with the Southern California alumni chapter, I'm happy to say that my Bentley pride is still going strong!


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