Brittany’s Story

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My name is Brittany De Maria and I am currently a junior at the University of Central Florida studying ?Business Finance. On top of being a full time student, I also bar tend ?about 30 hours a week at a local pub. Upon receiving my bachelor’s degree, ?I plan on going to graduate school at Rollins College. Throughout my ?education since the age of 12, I have dealt with the hardship of being a ?full time student and holding a job. When I was very young, from ages 12-17 ?I worked for my father cleaning office buildings 7 nights a week. This was ?obviously very tough and forced me to grow up faster than other kids my age ?but also taught me responsibility. After a few years, juggling work and ?school became second nature to me and I learned how to manage time better ?than most people I know. Although while I was enduring this hardship I ?resented my parents for making me work starting at such a young age, but ?now I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. I am the hard working driven ?young woman that I am today because of it and I wouldn’t change my ?upbringing for the world.

I have been struggling since I started college with what most students ?struggle with- the infamous question of what do I want to do with my life? ?So I really decided to find a mentor who could not only help me find the ?answer to this question, but also tell me their story about how they found ?their way. So far, I have started mentoring relationships with a few different ?people who have all helped me terrifically. Most of these people have very ?broad business careers, because when I first started using ? I was studying general business and wasn’t sure where ?to go from there. One ?mentor in particular, George, has helped me more than he even knows. Just ?through communicating with him and listening to his advice and stories ?about being a CFO I have narrowed the answer to my burning question down to ?managerial finance.