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Chase Becomes an Official Jayhawk

The following is a special needs program update from College Living Experience | CLE | Choose Your Future. You may also click here to read the original article on the program’s website.

By Arthur Rose, Career Development Instructor

Chase's Graduation - CLE Fort LauderdaleProudly “striding” down the aisle in Broward College’s graduation ceremony this spring was Chase Eastman, a student at College Living Experience in Davie, Florida. We use quotes around “striding” because Chase is known for his unique stride of confidence.

Chase came to CLE Davie in August 2012 ready to begin his college studies. From his first class through his last, he tackled every course diligently and persevered to keep his grades high. He took one day at a time and worked extremely hard to meet his obligations on time. Because he learned to organize himself, Chase graduated on the Deans List with a GPA of 3.54!

If you asked any staff member at CLE Davie to give you one adjective to describe Chase, most likely in unison you would hear ‘respectful.’ Chase’s father, Jeff Eastman, summed this up by saying that, “Chase learned early on to be respectful of those people he came in contact with.” Additionally, Chase has learned that treating the people the way you want to be treated is the secret to any successful career. Chase never forgets to say thank you to those who have helped him and shows his appreciation by striving to be the best that he can be.

The Graduate

Proudly attending Chase’s graduation was his Dad; Stepmom, Jeanne; and CLE staff member, Art; while his Mom, Mary; brother, Jack; and sister, Emma watched the ceremony online. All were extremely proud of Chase. As they called Chase’s name to receive his degree, Dad admits that the tears began to flow. “I never thought I would see this moment; I am so proud of him,” he stated.

As long as Chase can remember, it has been his dream to attend Kansas University in his home state. He applied, was accepted, and will be attending KU in the fall, pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources. CLE staff member, Art Rose says that he knows “Chase will be successful in this field because he already has the necessary people skills, which is surely the key to any successful business.” Art feels that a “good company executive always takes the time to thank the people who work hard to make the business successful. Chase definitely has the skills in this area to be the best!”

All of us at CLE wish Chase a successful future and we will follow his success at Kansas University.

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