The 21-year-old Lee University accounting major is awaiting her graduation in July and studying to take the exams needed to become a certified public accountant, getting closer to her plans to be “a CPA by day and a photographer by night.”
Originally from Conowingo, Md., she and her family moved to Cleveland after her father retired from the U.S. Marines. Prior to that, they had lived in a variety of places, from Washington, D.C., to Florida.
After she graduated from Bradley Central High School, she decided to stay in the city that had become home to her after years of moving from place to place and chose to attend Lee.
As she makes plans for life after college, there are a few questions she does not have answers to yet. But she does know at least one thing for sure.
“I hope I can stay here,” she said. “I’ve just grown to love it.”
As a student, she has held a variety of student jobs at Lee, the most recent being an internship in the office of the university’s chief financial officer. All the while, she has also been practicing her photography skills.
She got her first “nice camera” after she started college. Since then, she said she has grown to love taking portraits of people.
“I like making people feel as beautiful as I see them with my own eyes,” Boggs said, adding that many people are more self-conscious about their looks than they need to be.
She has photographed people in a variety of settings, from a bride and groom celebrating their wedding day with flowers and other finery to a couple posing for simple photos to show off the wife’s pregnant belly.
But make no mistake; accounting has also been a major part of the time she has spent in college. This past fall, she was chosen to receive a scholarship award from the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, becoming the first Lee University student to ever do so.
With her father Randy performing music as a hobby and her mother Mary working in finance, Boggs said she grew up surrounded by both technical and creative things.
“I love math, and I love art,” she said. “I love helping people solve problems through accounting, and photography’s like a stress relief for me.”
She said she expects she’ll look for ways to incorporate her creative side with her more technical skills in her future career. She has already been able to do things like design websites in another student job she held alongside her accounting studies. While she has made some money from her photography, Boggs said her career goals have working as an accountant at the top of the list.
Boggs admitted she does not have a “typical shy accountant” personality. While she does not describe herself as being especially outgoing, she said she loves meeting new people.
As a student, she has volunteered as a tax preparer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which allows people to have someone help them with their federal income taxes before the spring deadline each year. She said her favorite part of taking part in the program was getting to know those she helped.
She added she believes it’s important to not let herself get so wrapped up in her work that she neglects the choice to make someone’s day a little bit better.
“I’m really focused,” she said. “But I’m a really happy person, too. I try to get people in a good mood.”