Growing up, Karl Larose saw the impact unreliable cars always needing repairs had on his mom’s everyday life and tasks, in addition to struggling financially to keep them running. He wanted to take those burdens away from his mom.
His wish became true later in life.
The Eatontown, NJ resident not only earned his degree from Brookdale’s automotive program in May 2019, he excelled, landing a prestigious study abroad and internship program in Germany for 2019-2020.
Larose is one of 75 individuals from more than 500 applicants who will participate in the 2019-2020 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX). The year-long program includes intensive German language studies, a semester of classes and a three-month internship. Larose will study automotive technology. CBYX provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals, between the ages of 18½–24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program. The fellowship is funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State.
Larose left for Germany in July and returns in June 2020. He begins with German language studies and hope to start his internship with Porsche later in the year.
“Enrolling in the automotive program was the best decision I ever made. Nobody can take away the knowledge that I acquired and what I am able to do with it.”
Prior to coming to Brookdale, Larose was uncertain of his career choice. His family urged him to attend Brookdale.
“Enrolling in the automotive program was the best decision I ever made,” said Larose who graduated from Monmouth Regional High School. “Nobody can take away the knowledge that I acquired and what I am able to do with it.”
He encouraged those considering the auto technology program to pursue it and to work through the struggles that come with anything in life that’s worthwhile. He is grateful to Dr. Janice Thomas who identified a study abroad program that fit his major and schedule.
“She encouraged me and believe in me more than myself, “said Larose.
Larose said earning his associate’s degree and completing the internship are only a start, adding that there’s a lot more he would like to accomplish.
Given his determination and perseverance, Larose is certain to convert those dreams into reality.