Comfort is very important to me. I have an extremely close-knit family that lives very close to each other. One cousin lives next door, another lives around the corner, and more live really close by. Going away to school was not the norm in my family. But there’s an organization by my house that pushed me to get comfortable with the idea of it. It was a big step, but leaving home for my undergraduate was good for me.
The education behind accounting prepares you for life in general—it’s a cornerstone of anyone’s life, or business. In high school I had a job at a cell phone store and got the opportunity to jump in and help out the owner with bookkeeping, bank reconciliations, and other simple accounting tasks. When I took my first accounting classes in undergrad, everything I learned in that experience came full circle. It made me feel very comfortable with accounting – that theme again.
Now I got a job at Ernst & Young as an auditor. I want to learn a lot and earn my stability. I think that one day my career will lead into the non-profit sector, but I'm still far from that. I do want to give back somehow to the non-profit that helped me with my academic work and got me comfortable with the idea of leaving home. I want to be a part of that for someone else.