On June 15th, Berkeley College hosted a Wine and Design event on their Paramus campus. It was an honor for me to be part of this event. Berkeley College, for me, is a place full of wonderful memories of the most amazing professors and administrator’s, who continue to create a welcoming environment. Stepping onto the campus where my design career began, was like going back home.
As I mingled with some of the guests, some students just starting a career and other’s just curious about a career in design. I reassured them that Berkeley College without a doubt would enrich and guide them through their professional path of success.
The evening was full of individuals excited to hear more about the Interior Design program, as Professor, Alfonso Torino, also an Architect, and Designer reintroduced the Associate program at Berkeley College. Torino said, “there is a lot more than picking colors and putting up window treatments, the Interior Design Program at Berkeley offers CAD 1 & 2, Sketch-up, Rhino and 3-D Max.” Now that’s perfection; he also added “that culture and history is an integral part of Design,” so true, since Berkeley’s diverse staff of professors bring their real world perspective and culture to the classroom and more importantly to each and every student.
Professor Torino asked me to say a few words about my career and experience as a Berkeley student. As I reflected, looking out into the audience, I briefed them with a little bio, and discussed the importance of an education in the field of Interior Design. More importantly, I ended it with the internship program that Berkeley offers to its students. Not only are the students going out into the field for hands-on training, but how I’m also learning from the Berkeley student. These students are the future of design, therefore, when the intern’s from Berkeley College spend time at our firm; they are automatically placed on an eligibility list to fill in future vacancies. Professor Turino ended the evening inviting everyone to take a tour of the classrooms.
For me, Berkeley College is not only a school, but also coming back home to a family with arms wide open.