Khrystian Pereira ’16, B.A. in International Political Economy & Diplomacy, B.A. in Religion & Politics

UB has given me the chance to travel to various parts of the world that I thought I never would. I have been able to represent the University of Bridgeport in Model United Nations conferences in major world capitals. I have been able to study abroad both in the Middle East and in East Asia and I’ve also traveled throughout the country as part of the UB Alternative Spring Break team to help various communities.

Despite being a commuter, I am always at UB—I love it here because there is never a dull moment. Because UB is a mixture of people from all over the world and all socio-cultural backgrounds, there is always an opportunity to learn about new cultures without ever having to leave campus.

Michael Asmerom ’17, B.S. in Business Administration


Hometown: Bronx, New York

I love who I have become at the University of Bridgeport. The endless opportunities I sought out and obtained has helped me grow both personally and professionally.

Becoming an R.A. as a freshman was an opportunity of a lifetime. As a Resident Assistant, I learned time management, professionalism, and a responsible work ethic, and discovered how rewarding it was to impact students in a positive way. In my junior year I was elected the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business Senator  and met with Dean Lloyd Gibson to implement changes that my peers wanted to see. I also designed the first Ernest C. Trefz School of Business t-shirts, which I handed out at my town hall meeting. We were all full of school pride when we wore the t-shirt for the first time! My junior year ended with my successful run to be the Vice President of the Student Government Association for 2016-2017. I am excited to do great things with my senators this upcoming school year.

Last year I also started noticing how much food was being wasted at our dining hall and responded by establishing the first Food Recovery Network chapter at the University of Bridgeport. We recovered over 500 pounds of food during Spring ’16 semester, and donated all to the greater Bridgeport community.

I have so many stories like this. I always tell students that college is what you make of it. I have found that many believe it’s up to the University to give us a memorable student experience, but it is really up to us to make the best UB experience for ourselves.

I hope people look at my story and realize “UBecome” who you sought out to be!

Diana Zitserman ’16, N.D. in Naturopathic Medicine, M.S.Ac. in Acupuncture


My experience at UB has truly been an inspirational journey. Coming to this school after a seven-year career in developmental biology and cancer research has really opened my eyes and heart into better understanding of how nature works and heals from the inside out. As a fourth-year Naturopathic and Acupuncture student, I find great connections and associations when it comes to treating pattern disharmonies or ‘conditions’ ranging from the most common to the most complex of cases. The classroom studies provide a surplus of working knowledge for students to utilize in the clinical setting. Our teachers and clinicians are one-of-a-kind, and not a day goes by where I don’t marvel over all of the new information I gain into better assessment, treatment, and patient care.

The programs here in UB provide wonderful opportunities to get involved in the community, including outreach clinics, Dr. D’Adamo’s Generative Medicine shift and Pathfinder mentorship program, NMSA organization and knowledge bowl tournament, integrative medicine shift among all health sciences programs, student representative positions from top nutraceutical companies, student representative positions in school committees (including philosophy, global affairs, curriculum, research, and social chair), participation in regional legislative efforts, state association conferences, preceptorship experience, scholarships, and much more.

Karlie Spader ’16, B.S. in Psychology


The University of Bridgeport has opened my eyes to new opportunities and exposed me to new experiences. I have learned to open and up allow myself to enjoy everything UB has to offer. We are a community of truly great and interesting people from all over the world and we are able to experience their cultures with them. I love UB because I am able to be myself. I can talk to almost anyone on campus without the fear of being judged.

Jose Cabrera ’15, B.A. in English

B.A. in English
School of Arts and Sciences

“The English Department at UB is amazing. Each professor has their specialty and they know how to teach it.”

When I came to UB as a freshman, I had no idea what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be. It was very troubling, especially because I had this urgency in myself to find out the answer to those questions as soon as possible.

The only thing I did know was that I wanted to do something that I loved. Fortunately, I went to UB. During my first semester I spoke to the staff at Career Services who really helped me see what I wanted to do and how I could get there. Also, since it was my first semester and I had not declared a major yet, I was taking various classes.

One class that was pivotal to the path that I decided to take was “Madness in Literature” with Professor Diane Krumrey. I enjoyed the class more than any of my others, and Professor Krumrey was there to help me with whatever was needed. We spoke about the English Major and, after looking up more information with the help of Career Services, I declared it my major. Afterwards, I took a creative writing class and saw that I was interested in that too, so I decided to do a dual concentration in Literature and Creative Writing.

I am very happy with my decisions. I like who I became. I came to UB a shy, nervous kid who didn’t know who I wanted to be, but graduated as a young adult who knew the answers to the questions my freshman self had and more. I was able in my undergraduate career to study in South Korea, take many language classes that I loved, like American Sign Language and Japanese, and get real-world experience by being the Editor of Groundswell, UB’s literary magazine.

The English Department at UB is amazing. Each professor has their specialty and they know how to teach it, so you are as interested in it as they are. I know that without all of them I would not have gotten as far as I did. They were all always there to talk to and help me out, and they helped me get to where I am today.

Rui Chen ’11, B.S. in Business Administration

“When the company was planning to open some show houses for a luxury development, I was appointed as the person responsible for that development.”

I graduated from the University of Bridgeport with my degree in Business Administration in 2011. After graduation, I went back to China to work for a local real estate development company. I was given a lot of opportunities to enable me to work in different parts of real estate development. I worked in the sales department as a sales person, and then I got promoted as the market manager in marketing office of sales department.

Shortly after my promotion, I was given a chance to work in the technical department. First, I worked as an engineer assistant to check the process schedule and the quality of site construction.

When the company was planning to open some show houses for a luxury development, I was appointed as the person responsible for that development. I did a good job using the skills I learned at UB.

I designed other show houses and a company club for the main development of the company. I successfully completed the show houses with a budget 30% lower than the company’s upper limit requirement, while ensuring that quality of the show houses remains good. The show houses helped to close 10 deals for luxury apartments and houses in one month, which is 3 times the speed of regular sales speed.

I applied to NYU, Columbia University, and Florida University for my master’s degree. Professor Neil Jacobs and Professor Matthew Maron wrote me the reference letters. I got a GPA of 3.915 in undergraduate studies and a GMAT score of 730. With 2 years work experience, I got an admission letter from all of the three universities. Finally, I chose Columbia University.

Natalie Saimeri, B.S. in Fashion Merchandising


Struggling between being a fashion student, doing projects and reports every week, to being a full-time athlete was very hard to manage. But doing what you love makes it all happen.

My name is Natalie Saimeri and I was a Fashion Merchandising student here at University of Bridgeport while also on the gymnastics team. We have won 5 consecutive National Championships in the last 5 years. I have contributed to the last 4 National Championships, also being the team captain my senior year at the University. I’ve made some amazing friendships with students and professors here that I will forever be thankful for and will keep in touch always.

Stephanie Delacruz


“A degree from UB is a great experience and education.”

A degree from UB is a great experience and education. The personal relationships with teachers and courses such as Professional Development and Home Furnishings and other courses allowed me to refine and realize my creative ability. Today I own a makeup business called “Dramatic Creations” and work at JCREW as Training Manager. Thanks UB!

Sandy Stewart, B.S. in General Studies, Business Concentration


“Starting the IDEAL program is one of the best choices I’ve ever made in my life. I am learning, meeting new people and growing into a better person.”

Starting the IDEAL program is one of the best choices I’ve ever made in my life. I am learning, meeting new people and growing into a better person. I am broadening my horizons and preparing myself for a better and brighter future.

I was in a great job position for a few years and I got laid off unexpectedly. Every interview I went on they were asking for a college degree. My experience did not hold enough value. This is when I decided to go back to college and the UB IDEAL program was the best place for me.

You are in a good place with IDEAL, but most importantly the right place. The people are very caring, loving and understanding. The advisors are the absolute best.

I recommend the IDEAL program to my friends all the time to complete their undergraduate degree. It’s awesome!

Rayon Bernard, B.S. in Human Services and B.S. in Psychology


“The IDEAL program is great for me. It allows me to attend school and further my education and also afford me time to spend with my family.”

The IDEAL program is great for me. It allows me to attend school and further my education and also afford me time to spend with my family, especially my wife.

The IDEAL staff is like family. They treat me with love and respect and are always there. The classes are small and conducive to the family atmosphere.

After the completion of my first semester in IDEAL I realized that it wasn’t going to be as scary as I thought it would be.

I strongly believe in education. In the work that I do and the importance that I stress to my children I see the IDEAL program as such a benefit to complete an education with family and work life. IDEAL is helping me to not only better my life, but to stand as a shining example to my children and students.