Bill Barry graduated from NJIT and will begin working as a business systems analyst at Prudential.
Two weeks ago Bill Barry graduated from NJIT, and in two weeks he’ll begin working at Prudential, Newark. He was hired as a business systems analyst, a job he can’t wait to start.
As an analyst, Bill will be act as an intermediary between Prudential’s computer programmers and its business clients. His job will be to maintain the company’s investment accounting and money-marketing investment systems.
Prudential hired Bill because they knew he was talented. For two summers, in 2011 and 2012, he worked there as a summer intern; his performance reviews were excellent. So at the end of his second internship, the company offered him a full-time job as a business systems analysts.
Students who excel on internships often get full-time offers from the companies they intern for. And that’s why NJIT does all it can to find internships for students. Bill, for instance, got his internship with assistance from Career Development Services at NJIT, an office whose counselors help students find internships, co-ops and full-time jobs.
Bill got as much as he could out of his NJIT education. He was a scholar in the Albert Dorman Honors College who excelled in his major: Business. Last year, he spent a semester abroad in Valencia, Spain, which he describes as “a phenomenal experience.” He took advantage of the Exchange/Study Abroad Program, which arranges for NJIT students to study at universities around the world.
He was also president of Spectrum, NJIT's LGBT club. For two years, he helped the club create a "Wall of Support," wherein hundreds of NJIT students signed petitions to block out homophobia. The club raised more than $500 for the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation; put on a live shadow cast fund-raiser of “the Rocky Horror Picture Show” and finished off the year with its annual drag show.
In recognition of his efforts, NJIT gave him the Presidential Leadership Award for an undergraduate.
Bill also had three named scholarships: the Wells Fargo Scholarship, the Frederick and Florence Bauder Scholarship, and the David Crosby Garfield II Scholarship; two NJIT scholarships: the Honor's Scholarship and the Faculty Scholarship as well as the New Jersey Bloustein Distinguished Scholarship. Before he graduated, he was invited by NJIT to speak to some of the university’s generous donors. The speech he gave that day follows:
"Coming to NJIT was probably the best decision I have ever made. My sister had just graduated from Temple University so financially, my family was struggling. Temple is out of state and does not give much financial aid. It was never easy for my parents to stay within their budget while living on the single income my father earned. Affording my college education was going to be difficult. I did everything I could in high school to hopefully secure financial aid later on – earning well over a 4.0 for my weighted GPA, scoring high on the SATs, and involving myself in a variety of extracurricular activities – marching band, odyssey of the mind, concert choir, wind ensemble, and the varsity golf team. After being accepted into the Albert Dorman Honors College, I received my financial aid packet. I have never seen my parents so ecstatic and relieved.
Without the generous donations of all the donors here today and those who were unable to come, I would not be speaking to you this morning. I wouldn’t have the comfort knowing my parents are financially at ease, and I wouldn’t have all the opportunities NJIT has graciously offered me in the past two years. I wouldn’t have taken advantage of the new Computing and Business program here at NJIT. I wouldn’t have had the privilege of serving as a Resident Assistant in the halls, developing my leadership, mentoring, mediating, and counseling skills. I wouldn’t have learned about running meetings and events through different clubs and organizations on campus including the Association for Computing Machinery, Student Activities Council, Spectrum, Residence Hall Association, and Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. I wouldn’t have secured an internship with Prudential Financial this summer as a Business Systems Analyst Intern. I know I speak for myself when I say these things, but I’m sure many, if not all, of the Honors College students are in a very similar situation.
Your actions do not go unnoticed nor are they ever unappreciated. I will always be grateful for the donations made on my behalf, which allow me to succeed in all my future endeavors and put a significant ease on my parents’ hectic life and budget. I would like to thank President Bloom for asking me to be here this morning and Ms. Colleen Vandervort for all that she does, coordinating the scholarships and wonderful events like this annual breakfast. Thank you for allowing me to express my gratitude through my personal experience this morning and I hope you have a great day!"
By Robert Florida