Published February 14, 2024

After taking auto tech classes in high school and graduating from a trade school, I started working at an auto shop and quickly realized the auto field wasn’t for me. In the years since I’ve worked in a wide array of jobs, but I never felt like my life was moving forward with purpose.

I made several attempts to return to school, but lacked a sense of direction. Fast forward to my first semester at Shasta College and the decision to take an introductory accounting class. Despite having already taken a similar class back home, that decision changed my life. My accounting professor, Juanne Van Der Linde, brought in guest speakers who shared their experiences and insights, which broadened my knowledge of the field and showed me a career path I could enjoy.

In my time at Shasta College, I’ve developed a passion for accounting and have a clear direction to pursue. Shasta College has opened many doors for me, from becoming the Accounting and Business Club president and earning a spot in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, to getting involved with the Shasta College Student Senate.

Shasta College has given me great building blocks toward a promising future. When I move on from Shasta College, I know I’ll be in an excellent position to take the next step toward a career I love and that has plenty of growth potential.