Barbara Beresova, ’13, Psychology, is realizing her dream. After moving more than 4,000 miles to New Jersey from Slovakia, she stands on the brink of college graduation; remarkable, considering she did not even speak English when arriving in the States seven years ago. At that time, her mother Helena accepted a position as a health aide for an elderly gentleman in Basking Ridge N.J. Little did they know that from there, Beresova would find her way to the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE).
“The man’s daughter and daughter-in-law (Connie Gussis Cherrillo, ’78 and LuAnn Romano Cherrillo, ’78) both graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth, and they recommended it to me,” said Beresova. “I was a little afraid to go away to college, but when I first saw the College of Saint Elizabeth, I was blown away…it’s beautiful and also very safe…I never applied anywhere else.”
She likes the challenge of the psychology program; she is in the honors program and also has a minor in theology to reflect her religious devotion. “I want to continue with my studies in psychology, and one day be able to proudly earn a doctorate in this field… I will work hard to get there,” she said. “The professors here are so supportive, especially Dr. Mary Hebert, professor of psychology, who is my mentor, and a big role model, not only for me but also for many other students.”
Beresova rounds out her CSE academic experience by immersing herself in sports – running cross country in the fall, and captaining the lacrosse team in the spring. She also received the CSE Mary Claire McGuire Spirit award and coaches’ award for both cross country and lacrosse teams last year. “Being recognized for something you truly love is a big honor that will lead you to go forward and reach your dreams.”
“I am very proud of myself and cannot be happier because this College gave me so much: great education, great friends, and great goals to follow in the years to come,” she said concluding, “Follow your dreams and remember you will succeed if you put your heart into it.”