Meet Cheyanne Rosa-Lofton, a PCC Associate in Arts student from New Bern and West Craven High School graduate. Cheyanne has received a PCC Foundation Institutional General Scholarship.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE PITT COMMUNITY COLLEGE?
“I chose to attend PCC because I knew that the college had great transfer programs to prepare me to continue my education at a four-year university. I figured that enrolling here would be a great way for me to stay close to home and continue to work, all while saving money and pursuing higher education.”
WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR AREA OF STUDY?
“Growing up, I never had an overwhelming passion for anything so it has been a challenge for me to choose an area of study and what career path I want to take. After changing my major a couple of times, doing tons of research, and talking to my older family members and friends, I came to realize my interest in international business and finance. My interest in international business stems from my belief that understanding and implementing global perspectives into the world of business is extremely important in today’s globally connected community. As far as my interest in finance goes, I’ve watched the generations in my family before me struggle with money because they didn’t have much knowledge of how to handle money and in turn were never able to teach me the ins and outs of how to handle finances either. I want to gain knowledge about finance and how to handle money so that I can share the things I’ve learned with my community, younger siblings, and even my own children in the future. This is what influenced my decision to earn my associate of arts degree from PCC and my plans to major in international studies and business administration with a concentration in finance when I transfer to a four-year university.”
WHAT ARE YOUR EDUCATIONAL AND/OR CAREER GOALS?
“After earning my Associate of Arts degree from here at PCC, I plan to transfer to a four-year university and major in international studies and business administration with a concentration in finance. I plan to study abroad for two semesters to gain a global perspective of the business world and become proficient in the Spanish language. After earning a degree in those subjects, I plan to work for an international corporation for a few years and then go on to earn a masters of business administration degree. After obtaining a MBA degree, I’d love to work for a government organization like the World Bank or the CIA; I also have an interest in being a part of non governmental agencies like the United Nations. I have even considered teaching English abroad sometime in my life, whether it be before or after I have pursued my career in business.”
WHAT DOES RECEIVING THIS SCHOLARSHIP MEAN TO YOU?
“Receiving this scholarship reassures me that my hard work can pay off and that my potential to do great does not go unnoticed. Trying to maintain my 4.0 GPA as a full time student and still working almost 40 hours every week can be very challenging sometimes, but being awarded this scholarship motivates me even more to keep up the hard work. This award relieves me of some financial stress, especially during this Covid-19 pandemic, and for that I am thankful.”