Amal Bendriss was a middle school art teacher and freelance fashion designer in her native country of Morocco. When she came to the United States in 1998, she struggled to learn the English language, working in retail to support her family and two children.
“It was very difficult to land a job in a creative field without upgrading my knowledge of the software,” said Ms. Bendriss, a resident of Bloomfield, NJ. “Now every morning I wake up feeling grateful, knowing that I am ready for the job market.”
Ms. Bendriss will receive a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Berkeley College during the Commencement ceremony on May 10, 2019, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. She is a high-achieving member of the Honors Program and the National Society of Leadership and Success, and will graduate with honors, magna cum laude.
“I wasn’t just a student – I truly became involved in every aspect of college life,” Ms. Bendriss said. “I have learned so much while helping others.”
During her time at Berkeley College, she served as a Peer Tutor in the Center for Academic Success, providing academic support to other students.
“Amal was one of the most talented tutors ever in the Center for Academic Success. Her dedication, content knowledge and personality put her right at the top,” said Andrew Selig, Director of the Center for Academic Success at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ. “Amal is also a talented graphic designer. I’m confident we will read more good things about her very soon.”
Ms. Bendriss said her fondest memories include sharing the stage with her son El Mehdi, also a standout Berkeley College student, as they were honored as President’s List recipients. She credits her husband and family with supporting her on her journey to the graduation stage.
Ms. Bendriss hopes to use her graphic design skills to continue to excel creatively in the fashion or production industries – and perhaps one day to start her own agency where she can establish her brand and mentor budding artists. She encourages students to make the most of their time in college.
“Use all the resources college offers you to improve and prepare for your future,” Ms. Bendriss said. “Be engaged, involved and committed to your goals. Don’t settle for average – aim high.”
About Berkeley College
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,000 students – including more than 350 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.
Berkeley College has four New Jersey campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For six consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.