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Voices of CSE: Gregory Beaubrun, '20

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Morristown, N.J. (July 25, 2019) – "The College of Saint Elizabeth is known for its culture of acceptance," says Gregory Beaubrun, '20, president of CSE's Student Government Association (SGA). "Our small, welcoming community allows everyone to find their voice."

Before transferring to CSE, Beaubrun attended a large private university in southern New Jersey. While he performed well in classes, Beaubrun felt isolated because he didn't see himself reflected in the student body.

"I didn't feel like I fit in because the only people who looked like me were the ones playing sports," explains Beaubrun. "But the demographics at CSE are very different. Our community is something special. There are so many people from so many different backgrounds and each of us has a unique story."

Since coming to CSE, Beaubrun has worked tirelessly to help foster an even more inclusive environment for students. As the head of SGA, Beaubrun oversees the operation of every club on campus to ensure every student feels comfortable in their own skin.

As a first-generation college student, Beaubrun understands the significance of attending a college that nurtures students both educationally and interpersonally.

"Instead of going to public school, my mom sacrificed a lot to send me to a private Catholic high school," recalls Beaubrun. "She set everything in place for me to go to college and develop my particular talents."

While at the College, Beaubrun developed a passion for business and began to seek internship opportunities. After consulting with the professionals at CSE's Experiential Learning Center, Beaubrun earned the Box Business Fellowship through the cloud management and file sharing service, Box. Located in Silicon Valley, this program is designed to expose traditionally underrepresented groups to careers in the tech industry. Beaubrun was able to shadow sales representatives, met with C level executives and learn about the intricacies of business management.

"I'm proud of everything I've accomplished at CSE," says Beaubrun, whose love of the College drove him to become an orientation leader. "I don't see myself as a mentor, I just try to be myself, but it's rewarding when the freshmen say 'I'm joining this club' or 'I'm taking this class' because of my encouragement."

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