Samantha Abraham

Hiram College/Lorain County Community College Partnership Program, May 2013

The first and most important thing the program taught me is how dealing with diversity is probably the most important part of my job. Everyone is so different and there are so many different reasons why people are different, it is so important to understand this and learn how to be patient and understanding. I have literally learned to take a step back and assess a situation before judging it and the people involved. Through the program, I also learned to surround myself with people who are smarter than myself. I am going to need to work as a team and not try to know and do everything myself.

The second most important thing was writing and presentation skills. This is a large part of my new job requirements. I do all of the staff meeting financial presentations and this month was the first month I did the financial presentation for the Board of Directors. I feel like my experience at Hiram more than prepared me for these things. I am so grateful for that.

My professors also helped me to find my confidence. All of them taught us to speak up and to voice our thoughts, opinions, feelings, etc. The classroom discussions helped me to realize that I can have an opinion and feel comfortable expressing it. These discussions really helped me to grasp things I didn’t fully understand and I really feel like I learned so much from them.

And then finally and the most obvious part would be the accounting, financial, and business aspects of the program. I feel that it covered everything that I do and need to know to excel at my job.

I will forever be grateful to Hiram and the professors that I had the pleasure to work with-it changed my entire life.

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