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.