Rebecca Norton

Dean's Scholar

College of Business
Business Administration/Finance


Why did you choose your major?

From a young age I’ve been fascinated with the corporate world and have always had a desire to understand money management.  Coming from an entrepreneurial family I’ve worked in offices for much of my life, so pursuing a degree in business finance was a natural fit.  I’ve been able to take what I’ve learned from the classroom and apply it to many facets of my life, from school, to work and even at home.  I believe that teaching finance to youth and young adults would greatly improve our society’s well being, and it is my goal to always be involved in community education.


What does receiving this particular award mean to you?

This is a great honor.  We are taught from a young age that if you work hard good things will come to you and this is certainly a testament to that.  I have had to struggle through my education usually working several jobs to make ends meet.  Not only has San Jose State been generous with scholarships, but has supported me in ways that cannot be quantified.  I am proud to have this school on my resume.


Who has been instrumental in your life and/or who has contributed to your academic success?

My parents have been pillars of support throughout my life, not just encouraging a college education but truly instilling the value and worth of a college degree. Neither finished college, but both have shown the importance of life-long learning and of achieving your goals.  My other source of strength is my husband who has so generously provided his support, time and love to help me succeed.  I would be remiss to not include the professors, classmates, colleagues, and friends who have made my college career memorable and of immeasurable worth.  Thank you to all who have touched my life.


What would you say to other students to encourage or inspire them to attain academic excellence?

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  Regardless of what you have faced – the obstacles that stand in your way today, or the hurdles that will come tomorrow – you control your destiny.  Life can be hard so surround yourself with people who will be there to support you and lift you higher.  It is worth it to put in the extra hours so you can start your life with the best platform possible and now is the time to do it.  Take advantage of opportunities around you and don’t settle for less.


Where would you like to be in 5-10 years?

My professional goals include continuing my education and advancing my career. Life-long learning is important to me so one of my personal goals includes learning Spanish and living abroad.  My college experience has taught me that I’m bound only by the limits of my own ambition.   


A few words from her nominating professor:

"Becky has done an outstanding job in her classwork and is at the top of her class!"
-Dr. Janie Zaima