Berenis Reyes

By Troy Wilde

November 21, 2016

Tempe, AZ – Berenis Reyes could very well end up working as a buyer for Nordstrom or another big retailer.

Berenis explains, “I want to use both of my degrees to get a job in purchasing, and I would really like to be a buyer for a fashion company such as Nordstrom. I could help decide what clothes and which items they stock in the store. I definitely want to go down the fashion avenue, but on the corporate side in business – so, it could be supply chain or marketing.”

Berenis, age 20, was born in Houston, Texas but grew up in Goodyear, Arizona from the age of two. She graduated from Millennium High School in Goodyear, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Supply Chain Management and Marketing at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business.

Berenis says she’s excited about college and her future career, “Fashion and business are things that I’ve always been interested in, and I look forward to working around something I like every day; clothes and the fashion industry. But I also have a strong interest in business, so it’s really cool to be able to combine these things.”

Berenis explains that being part of a business fraternity is also helping her in a big way:

“The best part of college has definitely been joining Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, which is helping to guide me in the right direction with what I want to do in business, because before that I didn’t really know. It’s just really nice to be surrounded by such a motivating group of people, and with business being such a competitive field, it’s nice to have a support system there and a good network of people that can help put me in touch with the right connections, and help me out with interviews and anything I might need like that.”

In addition to her studies and being a fraternity member, Berenis also works as a leasing agent at an apartment complex that will open in 2017, “We’re working on leasing the entire building out which is eight-hundred and 33 rooms, and is really close to campus. This job involves a lot of marketing and getting the word out on campus, and a lot of social media work to get students to sign leases. It’s hard, because it’s not easy to sell someone on something if they can’t actually see it. So it’s definitely got its challenges, but it’s always rewarding because I work on commission, and it’s more of a real life type of job.

Meanwhile, Berenis is among the hundreds of hard-working students who have earned a scholarship from College Success Arizona, which provides financial support and specialized mentoring services through ‘Success Advisers.’

Robert Davis is Berenis’ success adviser, “He has helped me so much and helped to point me in the right direction with things and resources at ASU. It’s such a huge campus with so much to offer, that I think sometimes it’s hard for students to really realize everything that there is for them. Whenever I decide that I may want to try something new, or have a new interest in mind, Robert always points me in the right direction, whether it’s a website or a club on campus.”

Berenis adds that the six-thousand dollars per year provided by the scholarship from College Success Arizona, has made life easier, “Because of College Success and some other scholarships, I get to go to college for very, very little money, if any at all. I’ve also had the opportunity to live on campus because of the scholarship, and that gave me an experience that I’m really thankful for – I think students do better when they live on campus, or near campus.”

Berenis has some advice for middle and high school students considering their own path to college, “I would say definitely try hard in high school because if you do well in high school, then you can earn scholarships. It you get scholarships, it won’t be a matter of affording college – it’ll be more about choosing which college to attend.”

Berenis says her family played a big role in her getting to ASU, “My parents have always been really supportive of my brother and I, and they always made sure that we focused in school. Just seeing how hard they’ve worked and struggled to give my brother and I a better life, and more opportunity than they had, has been really encouraging. Because they encouraged me from the start – that’s why I’ve been able to do well in school and get to where I am today.

Listen to the audio PodCast of Berrenis’ complete interview

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