Kiera Bell’s upbringing was far from privileged. She moved from home to home because her family did not make enough money to have a more permanent living situation. Because of this, Kiera attended 13 different schools until she got to high school, where she was fortunate enough to attend the same one due to access to public transportation. Even then, she would often miss school because she could not afford to take the train, which prompted calls from social workers.
Despite the odds she faced, Kiera still graduated high school. After earning a five-figure scholarship from Coca-Cola she was off to Georgia State University, where she graduated Cum Laude in four years with two degrees, Accounting and Finance. Then, after accepting another five-figure scholarship from the PCAOB, she went on to graduate school at GSU. One year later, she is now graduating with a Masters of Professional Accountancy degree and full-time job offer from her dream company, Deloitte.
Read the full story in Kiera’s own words below:
Before college, I attended 13 different schools because we could never afford to stay somewhere for long. I was able to attend the same high school all four years by taking public transportation from wherever we lived at the time. I would miss so many days of school due to not having money for the train that the social workers would call home. Somehow, I still graduated with a $20,000 first-generation scholarship from Coca-Cola to attend Georgia State University. From there, I graduated Cum Laude in four years with two degrees, Accounting and Finance. Then I accepted a $10,000 surprise scholarship from the PCAOB to attend graduate school at GSU. Now, only a year later, I’m graduating with a Masters of Professional Accountancy degree and a full-time job offer from the #1 accounting firm, which is also my dream company, Deloitte!
I get emotional thinking about how far I’ve come because it is clear that God has been with me. Now, I’m thankful for all the homes I lived in because they all helped raise me and I’m thankful for all the schools I attended because they all helped teach me. I’m leaving this graduate program with the greatest confidence in myself I’ve ever had. Now, I know I can overcome any obstacle and achieve any goal I’ll ever dream of. Thank you GSU & thank you God!