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 http://www.foodrecoverynetwork.org/ 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!

Katie Kilroy

“I hope to work for a NGO, focused in West Africa, which promotes sustainable agricultural development, alongside women’s empowerment.”

Major: Global Development and Peace

Why I chose UB Global Development and Peace Program
I chose the program because it is exactly what I want to study and it fits perfectly for me at this point in my life. I believe all of the learned knowledge will best prepare me in the future.

What I enjoy most about the program
The diverse student population allows a wide array of opinions and voices to stand out, which complements the program immensely. The night class schedule is also convenient for working professionals.

On classroom experiences
I enjoy the interactive components, such as videos and interviews, and simulation exercises many of the professors include in their classes.

Plans for after graduation
I hope to work for a non-governmental organization, focused in West Africa, which promotes sustainable agricultural development, alongside women’s empowerment and advancement.

Education before UB
BA, Political Science with Minors in International Studies and Human Rights, University of Connecticut, Connecticut
Study Abroad, Uppsala University, Sweden

Experiences before UB
China Care Foundation, Development Coordinator, Westport, CT
Peace Corps, Urban Agriculture Extension Specialist, Kebemer, Senegal
Human Rights Institute, Organized Human Rights Awareness Week, University of Connecticut
The William Benton Museum of Art, Assistant Education Coordinator, University of Connecticut

Awards and/or major achievements
Sigma Iota Rho, National Honor Society for International Studies, May 2012
Scholarship award, Irfan Kathwari Foundation, Inc., May 2012
Dean’s List 2005 & 2006, University of Connecticut

English, Wolof, French

Jianfeng Lin

“The most valuable thing I learned was how to work as a team.”

Major: MBA

I chose UB because I had heard that it is a fantastic University and my college back in China has a program with UB. I learned a lot from UB. The most valuable thing I learned was how to work as a team. UB gives students a great chance to work together. I learned to get jobs done more efficiently and put trust in other team members.

After I graduated from UB, I tried to find a job, in a very tough job market.

Now, I’m working in a wholesale store locate in Dallas, TX as an online sales manager. Online sales have a large potential, as well as a huge competition. To be successful, I need to find the right thing to sell, so spending time on research is necessary to be a success.

UB gave me the skills to do the research, a deep knowledge of marketing, and great teamwork experience. Now, I have built the company an online storefront and I also have helped build an efficient online sales team to support the store.

Thanks to UB, I am dedicated to keep learning and growing.

Jessica Perez

“It is never too late to go back to school.”

Major: B.S. General Studies with Social Science Concentrations
State: Trumbull, CT

The IDEAL program has allowed me to reach my dream. When I spoke to my friend, Kindra Jones, and she told me how she completed the IDEAL program, that was an “Aha” moment for me, and I decided to start the IDEAL program.

Don’t Forget to Register

The IDEAL staff has made it really easy for me to register every semester and not forget by calling me at home….time to register.

My Advice

If you are thinking about enrolling in the IDEAL program it’s never too late to go back to school.

Education is key to success.

Jessica Newman

“My class schedule is convenient so I can work. I am learning so much from my professors and classmates.”

Major: Double Major: B.S. Human Services & Psychology – IDEAL Program
State: Monroe, CT

My cousin, Melissa Rainville, used to work in the IDEAL program and always spoke very highly about the IDEAL program. So I signed up.

My experience is great. My class schedule is convenient so I can work. I am learning so much from my professors and classmates. The staff and professors go out of their way to make sure all of your needs are met. The caseloads of homework are reasonable.

It truly feels like a little family in IDEAL.

Jason Wernick

“The instructors relate their work experiences to students and it makes class feel like the real situation.”

Major: B.S. Human Services – IDEAL

The IDEAL program has been magnificent for me. It opened many doors for job opportunities to come my way. The schedule fits my workday and it is fast track. I’m able to work on my Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree while meeting life demands.

Getting my degree from the IDEAL program will make my life easier and I will have more time to spend with my kids and family.

This program is great for working adults and it has much to offer. The hands-on training the teachers bring into the classroom is immense. The instructors relate their work experiences to students and it makes class feel like the real situation.

I would tell every working adult who is wanting to complete their degree it’s not too late with the IDEAL program. Why? It fits working adults life styles and you can learn at your style and time. It is perfect for me. I am looking forward to my future in obtaining my degree.

Ivana Savic

“I feel that the University of Bridgeport is the only university that offers the courses, environment, and faculty that can help me achieve my dreams”

Major: Business Administration
State: Belgrade, Serbia

My name is Ivana Savic. I was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia. This is the home of my heart even though I relish traveling to other countries and experiencing and learning from other cultures.

I came to the United States for my education, to improve my English, and to make sure that I have the skills to work effectively with business leaders from everywhere in the world.

I am from a land of unparalleled physical beauty, but sadly one that is also still struggling to overcome a strict class system that does not reflect the changing values in today’s society. I am one of the fortunate ones who has access to education and the opportunity to go to college in America. In addition I also received a full scholarship for playing a basketball.

UB appealed to me most because the faculty care about the students, UB has a competitive athletic program, extracurricular life is great, and I enjoy meeting new classmates from all over the globe.

Going through my undergraduate junior year at UB I had envisioned graduating from an MBA program. Aside from the encouragement given by my faculty members, I realized that I had a longing to expand the knowledge and training that I had gained throughout my business education. Studying in the MBA program continued to shape my experience and knowledge in business and life in general.

I feel that the University of Bridgeport is the only university that offers the courses, environment, and faculty that can help me achieve my dreams. I have gained knowledge from my Graduate assistant position working for School of Business- with amazing people such as Dean Lloyd, Dean of School of Business, Arthur C. McAdams, Director, Graduate Studies & Senior Lecturer, Management and Eileen Zoppi, Executive Secretary.

While I am proud of the experiences and accomplishments that I have achieved so far, I am by no means content. I am dedicated to earning a Masters in Management and Marketing from Bridgeport University, because I strongly believe that the University provides just the type of training, education and exposure needed to pursue my future plans. This is a program and school that devoted to the development of personal qualities that are in tune with internationalism, humanism and international business – one that fits perfectly into my view of what an MBA program graduate should be.