I do not think I could express my thanks to the donors who support Oregon Tech. Without those scholarships, I would not have been able to graduate with such low debt and the quality of my education has been improved by the benefit these funds have provided Oregon Tech.
Why did you choose Oregon Tech?
When I was fourteen, I started attending Oregon Tech through the High School Transition (HST) program for free. This program helped me obtain 68 fully transferrable credits before I was even eligible to apply for a college program. When it came time to apply for colleges, I already knew that Oregon Tech had one of the highest ROI's and had the program I wanted. The choice was easy and now I'm graduating a whole year early!
What do you like best about your major?
The best part about my major is the small class size—the largest class size in my program is ten students and the average class size is only nine students. With class sizes that small, I am able to interact with my professor daily and it encourages me to really have a grip on the material. I believe this will help me better succeed when I begin work in my career field.
What is your favorite memory from Oregon Tech?
My favorite memory would have to be when the PBL business club took a private tour of Nike with none other than Bren Raffalley (a previous professor at Oregon Tech). This personal experience allowed me to explore my dreams of working for a large corporation and learning about the culture of Nike's campus was truly inspiring.
What career do you hope to have after you graduate from Oregon Tech?
After I graduate from Oregon Tech I will be attending a Master's of Business Administration program with an emphasis on finance and accounting. I've been accepted to Northern Arizona University and hopefully I will be accepted to a few others as well. After I finish my MBA, I plan to become a CPA who focuses on wealth management, investment and securities analysis, portfolio management, and low-income financial planning. Oregon Tech has more than prepared me to pursue my dreams.
What clubs or activities are you involved with?
I was previously involved in PBL business club but this year I have not been involved in any clubs. Between working at the Oregon Tech Foundation as an accounting student and working at South Central Oregon Economic Development District as an accountant, bowling on a league at the Epicenter, and participating in a bi-weekly board game night at the local library, there seems to only be time left for homework. But staying busy keeps me out of trouble! (Not that I would be in anyways...)
What would you say to the donor or donors who support Oregon Tech. What does their support mean to you?
As a recipient of several Oregon Tech Foundation scholarships, I do not think I could express my thanks to the donors who support Oregon Tech. Without those scholarships, I would not have been able to graduate with such low debt and the quality of my education has been improved by the benefit these funds have provided Oregon Tech. The impact of a gift, no matter how small, is astronomical—I wish all donors (or people who want to donate but don't know if it's worth it) would understand this.
How do you want to impact the lives of other people in the future?
I want to be able to provide assistance to low-income families in the future. I have grown up in poverty and have been homeless before and I want to be able to help people in poverty or on a fixed-income plan for their future. I want to help these people reach their goals, just as I did. One penny at a time!