I graduated summa cum laude in 2002 with a degree in Business Administration specializing in Accounting.
For the past five years, I've been a senior auditor at the DCA (Defense Contract Agency), a part of the Department of Defense, located here in the South Bay.
I credit the Presidential Scholarship with allowing me to continue my education. After finishing my associate's degree in accounting at La Habra Community College, I didn't expect to be able to take my education any further. But then I heard about the Presidential Scholars Program at CSUDH, and decided to apply.
I was thrilled when two weeks after submitting my application, I learned I'd been awarded the scholarship. It helped me pay for school, books and parking. Without it, I don't think I even would have considered going to a University.
I enjoyed participating in the monthly meetings for the Scholars, the networking opportunities, as well as the community service aspect. I enjoyed serving as a CSUDH ambassador, and going out to elementary schools to talk to the students. It gave me the chance to encourage these students to stick with it, graduate from high school, further their education and work toward a career. That experience was very rewarding.
I was very involved in the Accounting Society, and also the ASI (Associated Students Inc.), for which I served as the controller for technology. Through that experience, I had the opportunity to interact with faculty not only in my program, but across all departments. I also really enjoyed the diversity of CSUDH. Here, you always feel welcome, no matter who you are or where you come from.
Yes, I feel that my CSUDH education really prepared me for the position I have now. In fact, my employer - one of the largest in the area - hires many CSUDH graduates. It's so important to have an education and a degree to find a good job. CSUDH gave me that opportunity.