My name is Joan Barcelona, and I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016 with a degree in Political Economy. I attended ACAP in the summer of 2011, right before entering 12th grade. I decided to apply to attend ACAP because it sparked my curiosity after reading the program description and learning that I would be able to stay at a university campus, knowing that I would be applying for college in the fall semester. ACAP influenced my career decision in that it exposed me to the Big 4 Accounting Firms, as it was the first time that I had heard about these firms. During college, I had the opportunity to complete two internships with PwC and started full-time with the firm in San Francisco upon graduation. I have had a lot of great experiences with ACAP as a participant, volunteer, and counselor over the years. I will always remember the first time I participated as a panelist when I returned to volunteer for ACAP, where I realized that I could offer advice to the ACAP students even though I was in one of the seats as a participant not too long ago. ACAP emphasized the importance of giving back, which really aligns with my values. I would tell high schoolers to apply to ACAP as it has been an impactful program that encourages hard work and offers diverse students the opportunity to work on personal and professional development. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” and let me tell you, you don’t want to miss out on ACAP!