University High School Student of the Month - December 2017

University High School Student of the Month - December 2017
Posted on 12/04/2017
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Lessitte Canales
Senior
Ron E. Smith Academy of Business and Finance


Thinking back to the end of my eighth grade year I can easily remember the day I filled out my schedule request form for my freshman year after browsing the variety of academies at University High School that I could choose from. There wasn't a single academy that suited my interests except for the courses offered in the Academy of Business & Finance.

Coming into my freshman year I had so many emotions that I had to face and overcome such as fear of being pushed around by seniors, the fear of my classes being too hard, the anxiety that I would get due to the amount of students in our school, and simply just the fear of stepping out of my comfort zone. Little did I know that my Freshman year would be the start of a new me and the beginning of discovering the person I wanted to become. The Academy of Business and Finance, while complex, opened my eyes to so many different career fields that could be career possibilities for me in the future. 

My freshman year, I took Principles of Business Marketing and Finance and also learned to prepare income taxes. That year I was so intrigued that I stayed after school every tax day for as long as I could. Since then, I have taken Banking and Finance, Accounting, and Practice of Business Management. At the end of my sophomore year, I had the incredible opportunity to work as a volunteer in the Trojan Branch of our school’s Credit Union. I had to apply like any normal applicant, attend an interview, and then if hired, attend training in the summer for three weeks. Beginning in my junior year, I was able to actually use the skills I learned at Educators Credit Union and put them into use in our school’s branch where I would be dealing with teachers, administrators, and students. Along with working in the Trojan Branch, I took accounting which taught me a great deal about business and personal finance. In my final year in high school, I get to continue doing taxes, finish out this year working in the Credit Union, and put my past achievements to use with college applications and scholarships.

More than anything the teachers of this academy have provided me with opportunities to help me grow as a person and continue to grow my confidence and develop personal communication skills through programs such as the 2017 WISD Summer Internship and being president of our school’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America. They continue to stress the importance of community service, integrity, and that good character comes from developing good habits. I feel like this academy has given me a good starting point as I continue to pursue my education after graduation. To date I have over 277 volunteer hours through our tax program alone, not including FBLA or JROTC, and am hoping to add to that before I graduate this June. When that day arrives. I will be sad to leave this place, these teachers, and my friends, but I will be grateful for my time here.

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