Neil Peterson, forensic accounting student, along with fellow students, David Harvey, Lubov Altman and Rachael Mueller, had the opportunity to accompany Nicole Rasmussen, community manager, to the Minnesota Career College Association Hill Day at the capital in St. Paul. To Peterson, this was an incredible opportunity that he had been waiting for since he began his education at Minnesota School of Business in Elk River (MSB) in 2009.
Peterson is a nontraditional student who chose MSB based on the opportunities that he felt the school offered that others do not.
He has appreciated the flexible scheduling which works well for his current job as a bus driver for a local school district as well as the education that he has received thus far from the various business and accounting instructors that he has worked with.
His experience at MSB is unique as he has already graduated with a diploma in accounting and an Associate in Applied Science degree in accounting and tax, and then he decided to continue on to complete his Bachelor of Science degree in forensic accounting.
Peterson is not the only one with a unique story. The rest of the group that attended had similar stories about their decisions to attend MSB. Mueller shared her story about choosing MSB right out of high school. She felt that the environment fit her better, and she is happy with her choice even though it was much different than many of her classmates.
Altman, who is originally from Russia, had a very different upbringing and was grateful for the opportunity to go to the capitol. She explained that this type of thing doesn’t happen in her native country and felt that American citizens should embrace the chance to speak with their senators and representatives about the ideas that they are passionate about.
While at the capitol, our group was able to meet with Senator Mary Kiffmeyer (District 30) and House Representative Nick Zerwas (District 30A). The students took turns sharing their stories and reasons they chose MSB as well as their experiences throughout their education.
The group was also fortunate to get a special tour of the House floor with Zerwas, which, according to the House photographer, “almost never happens”. To the group, that was certainly the highlight of the day.
When the day was over, Peterson reflected by saying, “I left feeling inspired by the new people I met. I am also rejuvenated by the opportunities that I have to contact and meet with my representatives. This was solidified by meeting Luba, whose parent country would not allow such an event. I look forward to next year’s event!”
For more information about MCCA or future events, go to: http://mncareercolleges.org/. If you are interested in attending MCCA Hill Day in 2015, please contact Nicole Rasmussen.