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Student Highlight: Rebecca Scott Young

Tell us a little about yourself. What are you currently working on?

I’m a senior internal accountant, auditor, and investment advisor. Having earned my MBA in human resource management from LaSierra University and my BA in accounting from DeVry University, I manage my own financial and tax services business from home in Moreno Valley, CA. Currently, I’m working on a doctorate degree with an Emphasis in Entrepreneurship and Business Management at CALUNIVERSITY.

One of my hobbies and aspirations is to become a renowned dancer. Aside from just loving to dance; I am compelled to be a positive role model to other people. I want others to know, especially young women today that it’s okay to be educated, to be happy with yourself, your size, and your differences – and to keep striving for your dreams!

What made you decide to further your education?

Perhaps the most important influence that has shaped the person I am today is my upbringing in a traditional Christian family. My family has been an important source of encouragement and inspiration. My parents were both hard-working and giving people, and I’ve been told that the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree! My parents always spoke words of encouragement to my siblings and I, so subliminally, those words absorbed within my soul and became a part of me. Therefore, I’ve always wanted to work hard and to be the top of my class. Those words that my parents spoke to me as a child encouraged me as an adult to keep continuing my education. I knew if I wanted to keep advancing in my career and not become stagnant, it was time to go back to school.

Any advice for people thinking of furthering their education?

To anyone who may be “thinking” about furthering their education, my advice to you is… “Do Not Wait!” There will always be something that may try to prevent us from going back, like money, time, fear, family, job, etc; however, when will all those things not be present? Never. Something may always appear like it is in the way or stopping you from starting today. The only one stopping us from moving forward, may be the one we each see in the mirror. Take the first step and the other steps will follow.

Share with us some of your more memorable experiences at CALUNIVERSITY.

From the first day that I applied at California Intercontinental University, I knew it was the right decision. The staff members immediately responded to my questions and concerns and even rendered additional information without being asked. They were always available, and keep me abreast on updates, scholarships, and my courses. I remember when Andrea Clarke from Student Services conducted my initial telephone conference shortly after I enrolled at CALUNIVERSITY. This conference was an opportunity to bring ease to a new student, to clarify any uncertainties, and to minimize the fears or anguish of being a new, returning, or transferring student. Being out of school for eight years and having the one-on-one telephone interview, with Andrea, solidified my decision on returning. My only regret is that I wish I would have started sooner.

You published a book recently. Tell us more about Rich Tip$ for a Lifetime.

Utilizing my educational background and professional experience, I have written a book titled, Rich Tip$ For A Lifetime. I wrote it to teach people how to take care of their spiritual and financial health, so that they can be ready for a better financial future. I myself was financially taken advantage of a long time ago, and that made me determined to be in control of my financial health. I also want my readers to avoid the common mistakes I’ve seen some of my clients make time and time again.

I didn’t want to write a “Get Rich Quick Scheme” book, that was never my goal. Instead, I want to provide solid and professional advice to readers. So in my book, I share simple tips on how to make what you already have go further, stimulate ideas on how to get more for less, and reveal ways to safeguard your financial future. The bottom line is to learn how to have Black Friday 365 days a year!

It is so important to make wise financial decisions, and to establish and follow a set budget, but many people fail to grasp this, or are too intimidated by the idea of taking control. In my book, I have a simplified discussion on saving, ways of creating income, preparing for retirement, and education planning. Rich Tip$ For A Lifetime is a collection of tools and advice that will teach readers how to make their money last. It doesn’t matter if you have one dollar or a million; there is useful advice in my book that will teach you how to make those dollars go further. I hope that by sharing my expertise and what I’ve learnt, I’ll help people attain the emotional stability that comes with financial preparedness.

Any plans on writing more books?

Aside from wanting to educate from my experiences, my husband, Derrick, has been a strong inspiration for writing my book. He recently finished writing a book himself! While he was writing, it hit me that I should write a book on the various tips that I live by and that I advise to other people. I do plan on writing about other things; I want to be a role model, educator, and motivational speaker, so whatever means it takes to achieve that is subject to being utilized. For example, I have also already written a communications and leadership workbook that I utilize when I speak on this subject.

What are your future plans?

There are a few things that I want to accomplish in the near future. I want to obtain a promotional opportunity in an executive management position within the human resources or administration department for my current employer. What interests me most about the human resources and administration management field is promoting equality, diversity, and optimizing the performances of individuals. In addition, I want to become a renowned motivational speaker and life coach. I am working towards this goal, as writing my book has produced stepping stones to that pathway. On this pathway I have been afforded the opportunity to speak on Lifetime’s Balancing Act show this summer.

I look forward to the challenge and reward of educating my readers, while sharing my life experiences along the way.

Find out more about Rebecca and her book, Rich Tip$ for a Lifetime at www.RebeccaScottYoung.com and Amazon. Tweet Rebecca @RebecaScotYoung

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Alumni Highlight: Kelly Nix

Tell us a little about yourself. What are you currently working on?

I work in a variety of areas. I am employed full-time as Field Content Manager for Children International, a non-profit child sponsorship organization with a presence in 11 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. I have also been a pastor for many years, and I serve as adjunct assistant professor for Hope International University. Besides these regular activities, I offer leadership seminars and provide consulting in strategic planning. Another activity is that I founded a Bible college several years ago that functions via a combination of online course delivery and live weekly lectures by conference call. I currently serve as the director and one of the instructors.

As an educator yourself, how do you see the future of education progressing?

The direction of education, not only in America but around the world, has irreversibly changed in the past decade or so due to the advent of online education. I believe we will see the role of brick-and-mortar institutions decline, while the role of solid, accredited online schools will increase. Online education is a solid business model that offers many advantages over traditional course delivery – advantages that include virtual elimination of campus overhead, the ability to use adjunct faculty instead of tenured professors, the ability for students to participate asynchronously from around the world, etc. While I don’t see traditional schools disappearing (at least not for quite some time still), I believe the validity and importance of online education is fast becoming undeniable.

What made you decide to further your education?

A number of factors contributed to my decision to further my education. I felt that I needed a doctorate to really fulfill my desire to teach at the university level. It would also provide an important credential for consulting work. Additionally, I felt a professional doctorate in Global Business and Leadership would add value to my performance within my organization, Children International.

Who was the greatest influence on this decision?

My inspiration to pursue a doctorate started when I was only 8 or 9 years old. We had a neighbor who was an agricultural researcher, and I remember my mother admonishing us sternly to call him “Doctor” out of respect, because he had worked very hard to earn that title. That instilled in my young mind a very high regard for advanced education. Initially, life did not seem to hold much hope for me in that area, but in my 30s I was able to return to school and complete an MBA. Since I had come that far – and particularly because my employer was willing to invest in my education – there really seemed no excuse for not pushing ahead and turning my childhood dream into reality. And it really helped that I had a mentor at a previous school who helped me believe I could do it…that meant enough to me that I included her in the dedication of my doctoral capstone project.

How was your doctoral capstone experience like at CALUNIVERSITY?

I’ll confess I was a bit weary by the time I reached my final course prior to the capstone! I entered the class thinking it would be an easy course…more of a formality. However, Dr. Jenny Wong brought me back to reality! All of my professors expected high-quality work, which greatly enhanced my regard for the rigor of CALUNIVERSITY’s programs. My current students, however, would probably be happier if I had not had such thorough professors as my example! Once I began the capstone, it took me a little while to realize that the playing field had changed. No longer was I going to be given step-by-step instructions; it was now up to me to take the initiative and prove I was capable of performing at a doctoral level. Once I understood this, I was able to forge ahead and complete the project. My capstone committee was available when I needed guidance, but it was very much up to me to get the job done. The greatest moment of all came at the conclusion of the oral defense, when Dr. Inserto observed that from that moment forward they would address me as “Dr. Nix.” It was one of those moments where you almost need to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming.

What are your future plans? How are you working to fulfill your future goals?

Plans for the near future include expanding my consulting and leadership training activities, as well as writing a book or two. I also hope to expand my activities in teaching, perhaps by gaining extra courses to teach at my current school or finding additional schools to teach for on an adjunct basis.

Any advice for people thinking of furthering their education?

To those who are considering furthering their education…DO IT. Don’t put it off. Every day that you wait is a day later that you will achieve your goal. Don’t allow yourself to make excuses…age, finances, time, or anything else. We routinely make time and find money for the things that are truly important for us, so make it happen. Don’t sit on your porch 20 years from now and think, “What if I had…?”

Any words of wisdom for current CALUNIVERSITY students?

If you are currently a student of California Intercontinental University, you are ultimately the only person who can make your venture a success. There is no substitute for discipline, study, commitment, and hard work. When you feel yourself becoming discouraged, go to CALUNIVERSITY’s website and watch the videos of past years’ graduations. If they did it, you can do it. And if you’re running into obstacles, talk to your mentors at CALUNIVERSITY about it early on, so you don’t end up dropping out from frustration. Chances are they’ll be able to help you work through it and continue with your dream.

Connect with Kelly on LinkedIn

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