My Name Is ... Alana Rainosek

Rock Canyon alum wins finance scholarship


About me

I am a 21-year-old college student just finishing up my third year at Santa Clara University in California. I went to middle school and high school in Highlands Ranch (Rock Canyon High School) and I am living here during the pandemic. Highlands Ranch is still my home and I come back here during breaks from college and for the summers. In 2012, when I was 13, I came to Highlands Ranch with my family (my mom, dad, and sister) for my dad’s work. We moved from Texas. We were drawn here for the community and great schools in the area.

Accounting student

I am a senior at Santa Clara University in the San Jose, California, area. I am majoring in Accounting and Information Systems. I just finished up my third year but I will be graduating in December, so I’ve been calling myself a senior this year. I plan to use the extra time from graduating early to study for and take the CPA exams before I start work.

I really have enjoyed being involved in several different capacities in the accounting department at SCU. I have been a student administrative assistant helping with the inner workings of the department, a tutor and teacher’s assistant for the Federal Taxation class, and a research assistant for various faculty research projects. Currently, I’m working remotely as a tutor for the Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency summer program.

I’ve enjoyed getting to know and work with the amazing accounting faculty at Santa Clara. The small class sizes and the deep care that the professors show for each student has helped me thrive and develop my passion for accounting. I want to shout out Professor Suzanne Luttman and Professor Susan Parker -- thank you both for all the time you have spent mentoring me and helping me figure out what I want to do in my career. I couldn’t have gotten to where I am now without the advice and opportunities you both have given me. Thank you!

Financial Women of San Fransisco

A $10,000 scholarship was awarded to me by the Financial Women of San Francisco (FWSF), which is an organization of women in finance and other financial services. What drew me to this organization was the ability to network with so many different people and learn from their experiences; the women in this organization are inspirational in their determination, talent, and accomplishments, and I am truly humbled to have been chosen for this award.

The FWSF Scholarship is awarded to women who are studying finance or related fields at colleges and universities in the Bay Area. Not only is this scholarship a monetary award, this award also extends the recipients membership to FWSF and a formal mentorship program for one year. I know this opportunity to be paired with a mentor who has similar interests as me and can help guide me in my career will be extremely valuable. I hope to be able to give back to this organization by spreading awareness about the mission of FWSF and engaging with fellow members to understand what value I can provide to the organization.

When I found out I received the award, I didn’t believe it. I was at home in Highlands Ranch, having dinner with my family and boyfriend, when I got a call from a San Francisco phone number. One of my interviewers from FWSF had called me to tell me that I had won the award. I remember being speechless for a few seconds and I remember asking her again if I actually got it. I was truly shocked when I received the news, and the rest of the conversation happened in a blur. It was when I told my family that it began to sink in. I am so grateful to FWSF and its sponsors for granting me this award and for seeing potential in me. I am looking forward to getting more involved in the organization via virtual events and in-person events, when they start to open back up!

Fun facts and hobbies

While I’ve really enjoyed my time at college, I do miss being near my family here. My family and my boyfriend and his family are all in the area, so when I’m home, I love getting to spend time with all of them. I grew up here, and my fondest memories were made here, so I miss the feeling of home when I’m away.

During quarantine, I’ve developed a new hobby about which I’ve become extremely passionate. I have started a freshwater fish tank! In my tank, I have about 10 live plants, 3 African dwarf frogs, 3 guppies, 2 platies, and 2 snails. I’ve loved going to aquariums and watching shows about fish since I was little, but having so much time at home has given me the opportunity to care for my own fish. I’ve really enjoyed learning about how to keep up a freshwater fish tank, grow live plants, manage water quality, and dream up future fish tanks. I hope to expand my home aquarium in the future to include saltwater tanks with live corals.

Something people may not know about me is that I’m an avid Monopoly player. I am also a collector of Monopoly game boards — I have seven different versions and am always looking to add to my stash!

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