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March 16, 2011

Planning Ahead + Preparation = Success

Peter Gross
Associate of Science degree in Paralegal Studies
Class of Spring 2010
West Palm Beach Campus
Employment: Paralegal at The Ticktin Law Group, P.A. in Deerfield Beach, Florida

Peter Gross is the kind of guy who revels in a life with wide parameters.  He started playing music when he was 7 and had joined a punk rock band by the time he turned 15.  

“I’ve always liked to play hard, but I’m also a strong believer in working hard to achieve my dreams,” Peter shares.  “I’m a pretty easy going guy for the most part, but I can be a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to work.  And, I’m definitely determined to work hard to achieve my dreams.”

A straight A student at South University, Peter graduated Summa Cum Laude last spring while holding down two jobs, one as a retail manager and another as a concert promoter in South Florida.   Now, he works full-time for The Ticktin Law Group, P.A. in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Peter admits he’s always had a little bit of a rebellious side and his music, just as his work ethic, definitely carries a punch.  “Whether it’s politics or business, you have to remember not to let things get out of hand.  I’ve learned I don’t like to be in over my head.” Peter laughs.  “Lack of control is neither smart nor profitable in the long run. Planning ahead and being well-prepared are my best tactics for success.”  

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Peter grew up in Tamarac, Florida, where he moved with his family when he was a young boy.  By the time he started the punk rock band, he was eager to graduate high school so he could see the world and pursue his music career.  

And see the world he has. His band was signed to Altantic Records and he toured the United States and Europe living his dream and playing music.  When his music career started to slow down, he wanted more opportunities. So he decided to make the move toward a college education.

“Choosing South University was probably one the best decisions I’ve ever made,” Peter says.  “My problem with school in my younger days was that it never seemed to challenge me or keep my attention.  The most valuable learning experiences at South University were the hands on projects inside and outside of class.”  

Peter credits Beth Vissers, Legal Studies Program Director at South University in West Palm Beach, for helping scaffold his desire to work in the legal profession.  

“Ms. Vissers’ classes offered experience not only with the practical essentials of working in the field like drafting legal papers, but outside of class I volunteered with the ‘Pro Bono club’ and projects like ‘Paint Your Heart Out.’”

“Paint Your Heart Out” is a project where students volunteer their time and talent to help paint houses for members of their community in need.

“My classes at South University were inspiring, not just informative – a thorough curriculum absolutely gave me the background I needed to be hired immediately at my law office,” according to Peter.  “My very first day of class, the moment my instructor started talking, I knew things were going to be great.”

As for his future plans, music is never out of the question, Peter says, “But now that I’ve hit 40, my biggest dream is to settle down, live comfortably and support my family.”