Entrepreneur and founder of the lifestyle website SavvyMiss.com, Emily Florence transferred into SBCC from a four-year university so she could get going on the UC curriculum before transferring to UC Santa Barbara. "After one week I never wanted to leave," recalls Emily. "You know you're at an incredible school when the classrooms are full and the sandy beaches across the street are empty." While at SBCC she studied everything from astronomy to drama to Italian with teachers who had "immense passion for their respective subjects." Emily looked forward to going to school every day and not just because she believes the campus is the most idyllic imaginable with sprawling green lawns overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean. As Emily puts it, "The teachers were eager to teach and students were eager to learn. I became an avid learner at SBCC, and that desire and excitement to learn something new is why I became an entrepreneur."
At SBCC, Emily was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. After graduating, she transferred to UCSB where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology. After UCSB, she received a Master of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College in Boston, where she was also an Associated Press Award Winner. Highlights of Emily's career include being founder and president of SavvyMiss.com, a website community for women awarded one of Forbes Top 100 Websites for Women; partner in MyInnerWorld.com, a spiritual growth website community; founder of Good Day Consulting, a PR/publicity/social media company helping businesses grow; and founder of Good Day Publishing, a digital publishing company specializing in inspiration and self-help publications.
Regarding SBCC's role in her perseverance as an entrepreneur, Emily says, "I was truly inspired by all of my teachers at SBCC, but Rick Mokler and Pope Freeman in the Theatre Arts Department particularly impacted my life beyond the classroom. Both challenged me to overcome fear and taught me that greatness comes from taking risks. They taught me that on the stage and in life no matter how good or bad one act goes there's always going to be another to follow and to go into each with courage and be prepared to adapt as needed. Life as an entrepreneur is a series of acts, some go better than expected, and others don't. But as Rick and Pope taught me, it's not about playing it so safe that you never fail, it's about picking yourself up when you do and going into the next act with as much determination and excitement as if it's the first. As they say, the only way to score is by taking a shot!"