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GRADUATION SUCCESS STORY: Atlantic City Graduate is First Generation Degree Holder in Family

May 15, 2017

Julio C. Castillo, 25, was born in the Dominican Republic but now resides in Atlantic City, and will graduate from Atlantic Cape Community College with an associate degree in business administration on May 18. He is pursuing his education at Stockton University, with aspirations to become a Certified Public Accountant. He is the first person in his family to graduate college.

Picture of JulioWhen asked what his biggest challenges were during his time at Atlantic Cape, he responded, “One of my biggest challenges was to fully understand every single detail explained in class by professors. Also, another challenge was having a full-time job while being a full-time student.”

Castillo overcame these challenges by staying focused on his goals, along with hard work and discipline.

Castillo credits his parents for pushing him forward to achieve things that they were not able to achieve. He also credits the highly qualified professors for providing him support throughout his years in Atlantic Cape. 

“Graduating from Atlantic Cape means a lot to me, since I am going to be the first person who graduates from college in my family,” Castillo concluded.