Dedicated to Service

Penn State Berks helped alumnus Dominique Robinson discover his passion for service. With a degree in applied psychology, he'll go on to graduate school and a career in social work.

When Philadelphia native Dominique Robinson first arrived at Penn State Berks, he thought he would complete two years there and complete a degree in business management at University Park through the 2+2 Plan. But as a student at Berks, he discovered his passion for applied psychology and decided to complete that degree right where he was. 

“I wanted to do something I am passionate about and to help others, not just something to make money,” Robinson explains. 

He graduated in May 2015, and he’s now on his way to a graduate degree in social work at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

"Penn State Berks helped me find myself and discover the person I want to be."—Dominique Robinson 

“Penn State Berks helped me find myself and discover the person I want to be,” says Robinson. “I met so many good people who have changed my life—students, faculty, and staff members. I consider this my first home.”

Robinson knew he wanted to attend Penn State since he was a seventh grader watching Penn State football games on television. He also knew that he wanted to move away from his Philadelphia neighborhood but still be close to home. When he visited Penn State Berks, he knew he had found an academic home. 

“I took a tour and fell in love with the campus,” he says. 

As a student, Robinson proved himself as a student mentor and leader and earned several awards and scholarships for his dedication and involvement. He served as a mentor in the college’s ASPIRE program, the We Are Building for Success orientation program, and the Success Always Includes Leadership—a volunteer program that matches Penn State Berks students who need assistance in certain areas with student mentors who display strength in the same areas.

In addition, he worked as a residential assistant in the residence halls and as a campus life assistant, and was elected president of the Brother and Sisterhood of Cultural Awareness and Community Service student organization. Internships also helped him enhance his education, including one at Schuylkill Valley Middle School.

"I wanted to do something I am passionate about and to help others."—Dominique Robinson

Robinson cites his family as his inspiration for all that he does. He is the oldest of five siblings, including a younger brother whom he lost to an automobile accident when they were both children. He says that losing his brother made him into the person he is today—someone who wants to dedicate his life to helping others. 

“Everything I have done, I’ve done for my siblings and to make my parents proud,” he says. “Most of all, I did it for my brother. I have done everything with him in mind because he didn’t have the chance to do the same things.”   

Robinson had his brother on his mind as he accepted his Penn State diploma in May 2015. After completing his master’s in social work at VCU, he plans to become a licensed social worker and case manager, working with families one on one. 

His brother would surely be proud.

About Penn State Berks

The Applied Psychology program—which includes intensive internship experiences and helps prepare students for careers in the social and behavioral sciences or in business—is just one of twenty baccalaureate degrees offered at Penn State Berks. Associate degrees, certificate programs, and continuing education are also available.

Penn State Berks is located near Reading, Pennsylvania. With nearly 3,000 students and more than 200 faculty members, the campus provides the rich opportunities of a world-class research university in a small, supportive college environment.