Teresa Silva Student Profile: Enrolling in an Online Accounting Degree, but Earning Much More

Teresa Silva found in Linfield College an online accounting degree program that provided excellent instruction while building students’ confidence.


Juggling the responsibilities of being a single parent and maintaining a full-time job to support a family can be demanding and leave little time for other life goals, a fact that Teresa Silva knows all too well. Raising her two sons on her own while working at Truitt Brothers, Inc., Teresa wanted to earn an accounting degree to help her move ahead in her career. She knew that making time to go to class would be a challenge with her complicated schedule. After looking into her options, Teresa chose Linfield College’s online accounting degree program.

Fortunately, today’s students can take advantage of online degree programs that create opportunities for working parents. “Linfield offered me the program that I wanted with the flexibility to take on what I could manage with my own personal obligations,” Teresa said. Teresa and many other students who must balance work, family, and other obligations can now fulfill their educational aspirations in a setting that works for them.

Teresa enrolled in Linfield College’s online accounting degree program and earned a Bachelor of Science degree through Linfield’s 100% online program. Like most college graduates, she fondly remembers certain professors who inspired her with their innovative teaching methods and their desire to see their students succeed. She noted that the professors understood that students had many obligations other than their college work. “He went the extra mile ensuring that everyone was able to meet his strict timeline standards,” she said of her Business Law II professor.

She also recalled how her Shoreline Ecology professor pushed his students to move out of their comfort zones by requiring them to conduct field research as part of the class. “This class got me out of the format rut and challenged me mentally and physically,” she reflected. While she expected her online accounting degree program to help her grow her salary, she gained the additional benefit of personal growth.

Earning her accounting degree online through Linfield College helped Teresa’s self-confidence and independence soar. “Unlike traditional classrooms, online really requires you to buckle down and take the time to read and understand everything. Your instructors are there for guides, and are great resources, but you have to be your biggest cheerleader,” she said. Teresa soon began to appreciate the self-motivation and personal accountability that online education built up in her.

When asked to reflect back on what made the most impact on her during her time as an online accounting student at Linfield, she replied, “I felt in control of my education and my time.” Linfield, she recognizes, had more than just academic lessons to offer.

After graduating with her online accounting degree in 2014, she turned to her career with increased confidence. She is working for Truitt Brothers, Inc. now as a Staff Accountant, and she’s noticed a change in how her coworkers respond to her and knows she has earned their respect. “I am finding my opinion is sought more and more weight is given to my ideas. This has allowed me greater freedom to create a finished product that I am proud to deliver,” she said.