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Jesse Perez

Jesse Perez

Post University ‘changed his life’

Two years ago Jesse Perez, 24, faced the most difficult conversation of his life.

Jesse had just been academically dismissed by the University of Connecticut.  He remembers believing he was a failure.

“It was really bad, having to tell my dad and mom,” Jesse emotionally recalled. In high school, Jesse was a scholar athlete who was involved in numerous clubs, but once he arrived on campus in Storrs, he spent too much time partying and not enough time in the classroom. Next thing he knew he was academically dismissed from the campus.

“I never want to go through that again,” Jesse added.  “I thought I failed them. I felt like I let everyone down.”

Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Jesse worked for a while and then with a renewed commitment to doing what it would take to earn his degree, he enrolled at Post University’s main campus. Now Jesse, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies degree, has made the Dean’s List, is involved in numerous clubs and organizations, and competes for the Men’s Cross Country team.

“I felt like I got my redemption,” Jesse said. “I am so proud. Post changed my life by giving me a second chance.” 
Jesse said it was fate that he enrolled at Post. His high school cross country coach, William Ferrare, was hired as Post’s Cross Country coach in 2010. Even after leaving Crosby High School in Waterbury, Ferrare would return to watch his former students compete.     

“It showed me how much he cares about his students,” Jesse said. “He cares about everyone.”

Jesse said when he enrolled at Post he liked that it was a small tight-knit campus. At his previous college he said he felt lost in the crowd because the campus was so large. At Post he joined several clubs and is a member of the Residence Hall Association, A-Team leadership club, a tutor in the learning center, and a regular in theatrical productions.

“I got to meet everyone by joining several clubs,” Jesse said.

Jesse so embodies school spirit that he has donned Post’s mascot costume, Swoop, at a football and basketball games and a Make-A-Wish event.

“You can’t talk but I just like to see kids and make them happy,” Jesse said.
Jesse said staying busy helped him focus on his academics at Post University. Having small class sizes and knowledgeable professors are also major positives, he said.

Based on his own experience, Jesse recommends students who are considering transferring to take a good look at Post. “Post University’s small campus was just what I needed along with the personal attention I received from my professors,” Jesse said. “At Post University, you never get lost in the crowd. Everyone here is treated like a star.”

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