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Leandra Cardwell - Finding Her Path

Leandra Cardwell graduated June 8 with an associate degree in Finance. Here, she tells her Columbus State story in her own words.

Update August 2014: After receiving her Associate of Applied Science in Finance from Columbus State, Leandra went on to attend Franklin University, earning her bachelor's degree in Accounting. Today, she is employed in the accounting department of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Leandra says, "I absolutely would recommend starting at Columbus State. The Columbus State advisors worked with me to make sure I had all the classes I needed, and to make the transfer process very easy. My classes at Columbus State prepared me well for Franklin's accounting program - and I only had one year left to take at Franklin to earn my bachelor's."

I initially started my college journey at the Ohio State University. In the short time I was there, I changed my major three times. I went from Veterinary to Biology and then Math.

In the end, I lost my full ride scholarship and turned to Columbus State for a second chance in 2005.

In 2005, I was taking classes to become a Surgical Technician while also completing the Patient Care Associate program at the Ohio State University Medical Center. Once again, I was faced with the decision to change my major because I had a fear of needles that I didn't know I had. So, I turned back to Math and took a few Calculus classes, but I just felt something was missing and I wasn't happy so I stopped going to school all together. I just needed some time off to figure out what it was I wanted to do with my life.

I had been thinking about Accounting and Finance since leaving Columbus State Community College in 2007 but I didn't think I could do it. It wasn't until I tore my ACL, medial and lateral meniscus that I used the downtime from work and other activities to think about what I was doing with my life. I returned in 2010 because I wasn't satisfied with where I was at and that gave me the motivation I needed to push forward and finish. I'd also like to thank the people surrounding me (you know who you are) especially Kizzy Hill for your inspiring words, support and just believing in me when I didn't believe in myself.

So, I'm leaving Columbus State Community College with an associate degree in Finance, but I'm determined to keep going and get my bachelor's degree in Accounting from Franklin University by next summer.

Thanks, Columbus State. You made it easy for me to work and go to school full-time with evening and online classes.

Columbus State Finance graduates have an advantage in the job market when competing for entry-level jobs in Finance. Our Finance classes and degrees transfer to many Ohio colleges and universities and even some out-of-state colleges and universities.