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Alex Avevedo w Fidel Wilson

Alex Acevedo knows what it’s like to experience loss and confront obstacles. It’s given him the fuel to persevere and to get one step closer to his ultimate career goal as an occupational therapist.

“My mom is a nurse and since I love helping people and making them smile, the therapy field is a perfect fit for me,” said Acevedo.

The Long Branch native learned about Brookdale from one of his high school counselors. After completing his degree at Brookdale in the fall, Acevedo transferred to Kean University-Ocean in January. He expects to complete his bachelor’s degree in 2020 and wants to continue his studies in the occupational therapy program.

“The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program staff has provided endless support, encouraging me to work even harder than the next person to get to my goal,” said Acevedo. “Shout out to Dr. Fidel Wilson! He’s the #1 person who has made it possible for me to be where I am at today.”

“Shout out to Dr. Fidel Wilson! He’s the #1 person who has made it possible for me to be where I am at today.”

-Alex Acevedo

Alex took on several leadership roles on campus.  He was president of the EOF Student Alliance and involved in PTK, the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success and the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society, Delta Alpha Chapter.

Balancing academics, family and work requires commitment and planning. Alex gained valuable experience working as a rehabilitation technician at Monmouth Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center and as a rehabilitation aide at a group home for those with traumatic brain injuries. His desire to assist others is evident on a daily basis. He works alongside physical and occupational therapists at the hospitals and group home, assisting with range of motion exercises and walking.

Taking care of his family is his top priority.  He is grateful to the many faculty and staff at Brookdale who carved out a path for him to attain his dream job so he can care for them.

“Their support, encouragement and actions helped me to stay on course,” said Acevedo.