Samantha Abraham

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

Samantha Abraham earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and financial management through Hiram College’s bachelor’s completion partnership with Lorain County Community College.

Upon receiving her degree in 2013, she was promoted to controller at Buckeye Community Bank. Her education developed strong writing and presentation skills, preparing her to run financial presentations for staff and the Board of Directors.

Abraham values Hiram College’s liberal arts orientation – particularly the focus on diversity that was incorporated in every course.

“Everyone is so different, and there are so many reasons why,” she said. “It is important to understand this and learn how to be patient and understanding. I have learned to take a step back and assess a situation before judging it and the people involved.”

Hiram professors also boosted her confidence.

“Each professor taught us to speak up and to voice our thoughts, opinions and feelings. The classroom discussions helped me realize that I can have an opinion and feel comfortable expressing it. I will forever be grateful to Hiram. It changed my life.”

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