A 2005 Elizabeth High School graduate finished her college degree with honors, staying focused and never taking her eye off the prize. Andrea Janson …
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A 2005 Elizabeth High School graduate finished her college
degree with honors, staying focused and never taking her eye off
Andrea Janson graduated from the University of Northern Colorado
in Greeley Dec. 13 with the honors of Magna Cum Laude, which is
graduating with a 3.89-3.9 grade-point average, and she did it in
three and a half years.
In the beginning Janson wanted to be a teacher, but after some
time tutoring, she quickly changed her mind and decided to use her
math skills and go into accounting. Andrea chose the University of
Northern Colorado because of its size, the business school and the
distance from home.
“The classes weren’t too big and it has a really good business
school,” she said. “Plus it wasn’t too far from home and I could
Janson wasted no time getting down to business with her studies.
From the beginning she wanted to graduate early, and after a
discouraging academic adviser, she had the motivation to reach her
“My adviser kept asking why I wanted to rush through college and
she wanted to change all my goals,” she said. “She didn’t believe
in me and that pushed me to finish early.”
After a rough first semester, Janson stepped up in her classes
earning As in every class until graduation. She said at the
beginning, most her accounting classes were a lot like high school
classes with busy work as the teachers’ ways of teaching the
material. But soon the repetition paid off when most of the
problems on the tests resembled the homework.
Janson will admit the beginning of her college experience was
tough. Leaving home for the first time, problems with her roommate
and stressful homework all played a part in hard first semester.
But after getting involved with campus activities, life became
easier and more enjoyable.
Instead of living off campus in typical college housing, Janson
lived with her aunt and uncle for the last year and a half in
Greeley. She said living with her family was the best part of her
college experience. She said growing close to her aunt and uncle
helped her get through the times of missing home and the stresses
“My aunt and I would go out every Saturday and even if I had
homework we would still go out,” she said.
Janson’s parents, Mary and Joe Janson, are proud of their
daughter, but are also glad her time in college was fast.
“We missed her a lot but it has gone by so fast,” Mary Janson
said. “We are very proud of her and happy she made it go by so
Janson is looking for an accounting job in the Castle Rock and
south Denver areas. She chose only to apply at smaller firms,
veering away from larger firms in the downtown Denver area.
“If I had gone with a bigger firm I probably would already have
a job by now,” she said. “I also want to have a work-life balance.
I don’t want to work 70 hours a week.”
Joe Janson said his daughter set her goals and stayed focused on
them. She knew what she wanted and how she needed to achieve
“I am just so proud of her,” he said.
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