By Cecilia Yontz, OSPCA marketing and communications intern
As a nontraditional student, DeAnna Tinsley, senior accounting major at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, recognizes the importance of having a strong support system.Tinsley credits her experiences from her job at Metro, and her daughter for her decision to return to school to study accounting. Through working with the accounting and finance departments, she found an interest in accounting. “I’m a mom and I work full time,” says Tinsley. “I wanted a career path that I can take anywhere, no matter where I live, and I just felt like accounting would provide job security for myself and my five-year-old daughter who I want to be able to support.”
Having a strong support system is something that Tinsley said has benefitted her greatly. From the strong relationships that she has been able to form with her instructors, to the support she has received from family and friends. Tinsley has been able to develop the confidence she needs to reach her goals and help others reach theirs, too.
“I enjoy being able to encourage other students to consider an accounting career,” says Tinsley. “I feel like it's one of those careers that allows you to go to different places and find a job because most organizations have an accounting department.”
For anyone considering returning to school, Tinsley stresses the importance of having strong time management skills. “I feel like all we have is time,” says Tinsley. “No matter how old you are, the time you have works wonders if it's all the time that you have. If you don't feel that you can sustain a semester doing four classes or being full time, you don't have to take on more than you can handle.”
Tinsley plans on graduating this summer with an associate degree in accounting and then returning to school to continue a bachelor’s degree program. Currently, she is considering attending Wilmington College and double majoring in accounting and business management.