I grew up in Iran and after high school, I had hoped to become a computer programmer. Life circumstances intervened and I instead became a graphic designer in Teheran for 14 years. I was self-taught. I also didn’t have a degree, which proved to be an obstacle when I came to the United States three years ago seeking a job. As I plotted my course for the future, and after searching futilely for work at advertising agencies and print shops, I began to move in another direction. I wanted a job that I enjoy. Computers and math are strengths, and I envision a stronger future by shifting my career focus to IT management. That profession, I believe, is a means to earn respect, increase financial freedom and gain independence. After 24 years away from the classroom, it’s been an amazing experience being a student again. I never attended college previously, but I enjoy learning, and have done that at CCA. I hope to one day not only complete my associate and bachelor’s degrees, but earn my master’s, as well. I am confident that I am on the right path at this time. Yet, my dream to be successful would be impossible without God’s favor, the support of my husband, John, and my amazing instructors.