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MSA Student Finds Success Through Involvement

July 27, 2021

Claudia Sanchez

Claudia Sanchez has come a long way from early childhood language barriers to college insecurities, along with struggles to find identity and direction. Determined now more than ever, she has earned not one, but two business administration degrees (business analytics & accounting ‘20) and is now a candidate in the master of science in accountancy program (MSA ‘22). Getting involved on campus has helped her grow as a student leader and professional. 

“By going through two undergraduate degrees I learned that there are no shortcuts to success. You have to work hard to achieve almost everything in life,” Claudia says. 

After overcoming challenges as an ambitious transfer student and now as a graduate student, Claudia's professors and peers say she stands out  through involvement in campus clubs and centers, including Beta Alpha Psi and the Accounting Association, and in her role as a student ambassador for The California Society of CPAs (CalCPA). Her passion and motivation is like no other, allowing Claudia to succeed and lead. Her professional and academic skills have already paid off, earning her an internship for a local CPA firm.

Throughout her journey, Claudia is not only inspired by her mother, sister, and partner, but she is also inspired by key resources at CSUSB that helped empower her such as her professors. In fact, the accounting professors that taught Claudia in the past months truly had an impact on her academic experience. 

“They were welcoming and were open to share with us on how to work hard and not take shortcuts in order to be successful”, she said. 

Other inspirations and resources for Claudia are Maria Maldonado and Iveth Diaz from the Undocumented Student Success Center on campus. This center is like a home to Claudia at CSUSB. Maria’s and Iveth’s leadership skills inspired Claudia to take on different leadership roles on campus and with the student club: The Undocumented Advocates.

“I learned so much from them. I admired their leadership skills, and the way they interacted with their students. They are both caring souls who up to this moment, I still consider my friends,” Claudia said.

Claudia started to be involved in the Undocumented Advocates club in 2018. She was able to serve on this club as the president, and later as the community outreach coordinator. Back in the academic year 2019-2020, Maria and Iveth were able to create a new role perfectly suited for Claudia, which is the role of student representative for the Undocumented Alumni Chapter. Claudia now serves as the Leadership Development Officer on the board.

The different changes that took place in the past few months did not slow down Claudia’s involvement. On the contrary, Claudia was more involved than ever on campus, especially with CalCPA and Betal Alpha Psi. From recruiting new members, to peer mentoring students, and helping new officers/leaders with their new role and transitioning process in becoming successful leaders, Claudia volunteered with these different organizations in order to share her knowledge and skills as well as to gain knowledge and skills.

Among other projects, Claudia was involved with the launch of workshops offered to other junior college students and high schools. In fact, CSUSB came together with CSUSB faculty, CalCPA and Betal Alpha Psi to present financial literacy workshops. It is by being involved with the Accounting Association that Claudia had the opportunity of working closely with JHBC’s Accounting and Finance Department on various initiatives such as this one during the past months.

Claudia’s journey as a JHBC student is allowing her to expand her professional skills by being able to do an internship at a local CPA firm as a Tax and Audit & Assurance intern. She is then able to transfer all her knowledge and skills that she acquired during her classes and experiences at CSUSB directly into her career goals. Claudia is motivated to accomplish big things throughout the years to come!