Raised by a single mother in a low-income community, my mom was always working but she struggled. She alone had to pay the bills, put food on the table, and care of my younger sister and me. As I watched her struggle, she always told to focus on my education, go to college, and get a degree because it would give me a brighter future. I listened and I became a Neighborhood Academic Initiative Scholar (NAI) in the seventh grade, I continued on in high school as a scholar and an later alumnus of the academic program as I continued on to a four-year university.
I am a student attending Humboldt State University majoring in Business Administration. I intend to get an emphasis in Accounting and/or Marketing. During high school I took a substantial number of classes that had to do with business and in my senior year I went on a field trip to KPMG, which increased my interest in pursuing a business major. In my first year of college I was able to get a job on campus, as a student assistant in the accounting office where my interest has increased in being a part of the business industry.
As a Kayne Scholar, I am truly thankful for the privilege and opportunities it will provide for me in the present and future. Throughout my time as a fellow I hope to gain necessary skills that will help me excel in the profession of my choosing. I look forward to learning from my peers and also my mentor so I can not only become a better professional but also a better person that can give back to my family and also my community.