On my first day of college, I was excited to start my adult life. I had been a good student at Boston Latin Academy. But by the end of my first day of college, I was thinking “What am I doing here?” I couldn’t understand my statistics professor and like my other teachers, he had another job and didn’t have the time to help. I had no one to talk to, and had to stop working because of my hectic class schedule. I started hiding in the library instead of heading to class. My GPA dropped and I lost a lot of my financial aid. I found myself struggling through school and out of a job. My goals were being pushed away from me.

A friend told me she enjoyed her time at Year Up. I knew my family wanted me to stay at college and would not approve but it was time to give Year Up a try.

Year Up was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. It helped me gain back my confidence and I learned a lot about Finance and being professional. But when I first started my internship as a fund accountant for State Street, I felt so overwhelmed. I started to feel scared again. I didn’t think I would make it. The words of all my supporters at Year Up kept running through my head. They told me I could do it but I felt like I was going to bomb.

But the people at State Street know how to work with me. My supervisors are friendly and are there to answer all my questions. They really care about my growth. They challenge me, but give me work they know I can handle. As I became more comfortable, the amount of funds I managed increased from 8 to 10 to 14 to 20. I speak the language now. Reviewing long term buys and sells to make sure they don’t exceed tolerance? Easy. Creating market-to-market reports to make sure that exchange rates have been applied? I can do that now. So when they offered me a job full-time after graduation, I could not have been happier.

Working at State Street helped me decide what I want to do. Recently, I was promoted to Senior Fund Accountant. Over time, I will finish my college education and attend New England School of Business and Finance, part-time. After completing my degree, I will become an Account Manager, then a Vice President until I get to the top. Thanks to Year Up, I know a bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn.