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Alumni Spotlight: Cori Denson

Name: Cori Denson

Hometown: Delray Beach, Fl

Occupation: People & Culture Relationship Manager, L&D

Company: BDO USA, LLP

Graduation Year: 2009

Organizations Involved in: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, LiveWire and Bethune-Cookman Concert Chorale


What attracted you to Bethune-Cookman University?

The growing student body, consistent activities throughout each year, and the various educational programs were the main attractions. During my time at B-CC/B-CU, it seemed like there was something to get into on campus everyday. Regardless of the time of year, it felt welcoming and kept all students engaged within the climate.

If you could describe Bethune-Cookman University and your experience in three words, what would they be and why?

In three words I would say “Appreciate the moments” Now that I’m older, I look back and reflect on my short-lived experience at B-CU. It feels as if my time there was fast-forwarded but in the actual moment, everything was slowed down. The bonds/relationships I created with various people made me who I am today. There’s nothing like attending a phenomenal HBCU. Till this day, I miss the atmosphere of being among my fellow Wildcats.

What was one of your most memorable moments at B-CU, and why?

Becoming a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. Prior to joining, I was mentally battling depression/anxiety due to my troubled past. Quick to anger with no hesitation in responding, all due to my mental not being intact. The brotherhood of Phi Beta Sigma changed my mentality and gave me a family away from home. Forever grateful for the bonds and brotherhood that changed the trajectory of my life.

Was there a staff or faculty member who had the most influence on your life while you were a student at B-CU, and if so, who and why?

The individual that influenced me the most during my time at B-CU would be no other than Professor Sylvester Polk. During my four years at B-CU, I was on the President's List because I maintained an A/B grade point average. Professor Polk was my mentor and had a significant impact on my career.

How did your time at Bethune-Cookman University prepare you for graduate school and/or shape your career path?

Two months after graduating from B-CU, I was enrolled in graduate school at Full Sail University. During the year I graduated, America was in the middle of a recession. I knew the importance of furthering my education to ensure that I not only stand out but also have the opportunity to excel higher in my chosen career path. B-CU taught me that no matter how my day goes, no matter what obstacles arise, I must always keep God first. I took that principle with me to attend grad school and beyond. God remains the head of my life.

What advice/insight do you have for students or future students who are interested in your career field or advice on life and pursuing their dreams/passion?

Never quit! I repeat, never quit. It’s going to get tough. It’s going to seem like your world is crashing down at times, but one thing I do know, if you put your trust in God and have faith in your dream, it will come to pass. Hold on. Your time and experiences at B-CU will prepare you for the world.

What would you tell parents thinking about enrolling their child at Bethune-Cookman University?

Despite the many issues that all colleges, businesses, and corporations have, B-CU is a family. B-CU is truly a faith and family based institution that every student departs and reflects on the lasting memories of their time at B-CU. Your child will form friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime. Some will mold them into being successful individuals while others will guide them down some rough paths but in the end, they’ll come out maroon and gold chanting, “Hail Wildcats!”

Is there anything that you would like to say or add?

I’m a proud Wildcat that knows had I not attended B-CU, I would’ve walked a darker path. Anyone could be easily persuaded to follow the trends of society and not seek out the opportunity to become a truly successful individual. Without a proper backing, one can be consumed by this world and fall into depression. Don’t follow the trends! Be the trend that God designed specifically for you to be. Don’t be afraid to ask or seek help because the B-CU family is here for you.

Thank you Bethune-Cookman University!

Hail Wildcats!

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