Graduate Profile: Bernadette Carter (BA '17)

By Carla Capizzi

It took Bernadette “B” Carter almost 24 years to return to college.

The first time around, Bernadette followed her bliss and earned an associate’s degree in electronic data processing, which she has put to use in her job as unit computing manager at Rutgers Law School.

Now her passion is helping people; she already helps the homeless through the organization she founded six years ago, B About It Cares. The group provides meals, clothing, toiletries, and blankets to the homeless at Newark and New York City’s Penn Stations.

She also is trying to establish a ministry for the homeless at her church. Carter has loved her nearly 20 years working at the law school, but after retirement, she plans to use what she learns through her BA/MPA degree to help others. She’ll receive her undergraduate degree this May and complete her MPA in 2018. She credits her daughter, Jamila Sinkler, an RU-N psychology major, as her inspiration for returning to college.

Carter’s advice to Sinkler is worth sharing: “College is a blueprint for the rest of your life, so choose your major wisely. Choose something you’re passionate about and you’ll do well and be happy in your career.”

Photo by Shelley Kusnetz

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