Dawn Young

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Personal Statement: 

“I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It is the ultimate source of success in life.”
Dalai Lama XIV


After thirteen years in the accounting field, I found myself unemployed and relying on both TANF and Food benefits to survive. Through the assistance of the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and Work First programs I entered a program to return to school to obtain my Associates in Accounting. I began my journey back to school beginning with the Winter quarter of 2017. Initially, I felt uncomfortable and, honestly, somewhat embarrassed about the thought of going back to school with a considerably younger student population. I thought I would stand out as an older student, but after my first day in class I found out that I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I’m happy to be back at school and lucky to be working with such a wonderful group of people in the Foundation office. I’d be happy to share my school experience with you and help you navigate your way through what can sometimes seem like overwhelming obstacles between you and returning to school. Come see me Monday - Thursday mornings at the Foundation/Alumni Office on the first floor of Building 25.