A Chance Encounter Changes X-ray Focus

Making a Lasting Impact

Michael Berube

Michael Berube

Evidence of a lasting impact becomes clear when talking with FSW student, Michael Berube, 21, in his second year pursuing an associate’s degree with a focus on the business sector.

When he first started taking classes at FSW, his career focused on the inside view of people through radiology technology. Serendipity had other plans and now his focus is on making a lasting impact on people in a whole new way.

Making a lasting impact is a simple statement that carries a powerful message. It also serves as a motivating factor for all the programs and initiatives that the Florida SouthWestern State College Foundation supports.

Michael can pinpoint the exact moment that changed his course. Working as a shift leader for Dunkin’s Donuts on the Thomas Edison (Lee) campus, he had the opportunity to interact with students, faculty and staff on a daily basis. It was there that he met Dr. Lou Traina, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and the Foundation Executive Director. Their frequent conversations about life experiences and the importance of volunteerism left an impact and he quickly became interested in learning more about a career in higher education.

Seeking knowledge about all the facets of the higher education field, he became acquainted with other FSW faculty and administrators that provided guidance for the next step in his journey; changing his major from Radiology Technology to pursue an associate’s degree with a business concentration.

Along the way, Michael has made it a personal goal to take full advantage of the FSW college experience. Beyond the classroom, he is a proud member of Phi Theta Kappa, Treasurer for the Humanities Club, Book Club President and member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Serving as a mentor to his fellow students is also an important goal; apparent in his work as a Peer Architect and Peer Tutor to assist other FSW students as they achieve their goals.

One accomplishment that he is most proud of relates back to Dr. Traina’s emphasis on the importance of volunteerism. Michael was instrumental in creating Alpha Phi Omega (APO), a service organization where student club members engage others with service learning and community outreach opportunities.

Michael’s future education plans include pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees with the ultimate goal to receive a doctorate degree in higher education.

He encourages other students to think about their future and focus on the path that leads to individual success. That path is different for everyone.

“College is the next step,” Michael says. “If you don’t have an end goal, what’s the point?”

When asked what advice he would give to incoming FSW students, his response was thoughtful and profound.

“Experience all that FSW has to offer. Particularly, get to know FSW faculty, staff and administrators,” Michael says. “If you’re not meeting with professors or interacting with faculty, you may miss an opportunity to expand your circle and grow.”

Michael Berube represents one shining example of the talented, motivated students that inspire others to pursue their dreams and leave a lasting impact along the way. The Foundation is honored to play a part in his incredible journey.

Equip Tomorrow’s Students to Excel

When you include the Florida SouthWestern State College Foundation in your estate plan, you are helping students like Michael Berube pursue their dreams and leave a lasting impact along the way. Contact Dr. Louis Traina at (239) 489-9215 or louis.traina@fsw.edu to learn more.

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