Working in the Junior Achievement of Central Ohio (JA BizTown) program was an amazing opportunity. I first learned about this program through my internship coordinator, Mrs. Diawara. She piqued my interest in how well she described the program. She explained that I would learn all about finance, early childhood education, and running a business. I was intrigued by the opportunity, and I also still needed the required 120 internship hours to graduate. I thought to myself, what an excellent opportunity! On the other hand, I was a bit apprehensive about accepting the JA BizTown Internship, because I knew nothing about finance, nor educating younger children. Today, I am glad that I did not let my apprehensiveness get the best of me!
Through the JA BizTown internship, I learned several things about myself. I learned how to have fun with children, and how to make the JA BizTown experience more fun for the children. I also learned the importance of budgeting and saving money. As a result, I feel better prepared to manage upcoming student loans and scholarship money.
In the fall of 2017, I will begin a new academic journey at the Columbus State Community College.
The JA Biztown internship has given me the confidence to pursue business management as a major. Furthermore, I am the first person in my family to attend college.
Early on in life, I realized the importance of going to college. I knew that I did not want to live paycheck to paycheck, or to accrue an excessive amount of debt to attend school. I simply desire more out of life. Going to college is a blessing for me. It is a chance at financial freedom and multiple career opportunities for me as well as my family. Through my personal experience, I want other students, (including the JA BizTown students), to see me, and to know that they can accomplish any academic or career goal they desire. I strive to be a positive role model for all students.