Astride is is a refugee from the Congo who came to the United States in the pursuit of education. With a passion for helping others, Astride transferred from Pikes Peak Community College to UCCS to continue her education in accounting in the hopes of starting her own business, a non-profit, and supporting her family.
Why did you transfer to UCCS?
Before I answer this question I would like to give a brief explanation about my background. I come from a lot of places, and I have lived in several different counties where I got the opportunity to learn different languages and about different cultures. Based on my experiences dealing with diversity, I became interested in collaborating and working with different people who have different backgrounds. When I came to America, it was not hard to adopt to this great culture. The history of this country is influenced by many different cultures so I was very lucky to be able to come here. I believe we are stronger as one and we can accomplish our goals and achieve almost anything if we work together.
I chose to transfer to UCCS because I believe in education, and that is why I decided to put myself in school. I started at Pikes Community College because it was cheaper and I could get help when I needed it. In addition, Pikes Peak Community College has students that I can relate to which gave me some sense of belonging. Later, I chose UCCS for the same reasons I chose to PPCC in addition to the fact that UCCS has an excellent accounting program that offered quality resources to succeed if a student employs them. I wanted to go where I could be successful and have opportunities to grow in my chosen field. UCCS provided that environment for me.
Why did you choose to study Accounting?
When I was 15 years old, I used to own my own business. I enjoyed being exposed to the freedom of making my own business decisions without anyone’s help. I loved the interaction that I had with people. I was excited thinking extensively about possible investing approaches. I loved seeing my business growing. Furthermore, because of my small jewelry boutiques, I was able to provide financial support for my family. I have the entrepreneur mindset, and I chose accounting in hopes that one day it will further facilitate my goals by allowing me to employ my accounting and business knowledge to further my success. I plan on owning my own accounting firm or my own business. Besides that, accounting is a really marketable degree to have that I can use almost anywhere and it pays well.
What is your favorite part about studying in the College of Business?
I love the UCCS College of Business program because it has links to great resources and the faculty and staff help and support their students. For Instance, since I started school in the College of Business, I have had great teachers who care about my success as they have demonstrated by helping me network and find new opportunities and by investing extra time in my education and goals. I am very thankful our business professors. They truly care.
What do you do for fun?
I study for fun but I will go to the movies with my friends when I have the time.
What do you love about Colorado Springs?
I love Colorado because of its mountains and it has beautiful views and I love the weather.
What are your career aspirations?
I want to have my own business so that I can help my family and support people that need help. Additionally, I want to help family members earn high level of education because it will make me happy knowing that I have help reshape or change our family history. I also would like to start a non-profit to help foster youth live sustainable lives by supporting their transition out of the system and into independent living.
How is UCCS helping to make those aspirations a reality?
UCCS is helping in getting my undergraduate degree and it is also preparing me for my career workplace through activities such as networking with people and using it resources to succeed.
What would you tell someone who is considering UCCS for college?
UCCS is a great school that has all the resources to help you achieve your goals.