This is a great story, which shows that creativity and hard work can take you pretty far.

ABC 7 in Chicago reports:

UC Berkeley student finds a sweet way to pay her college tuition by selling cheesecakes

Anamaria Morales is all about cheesecake.

“Cherry cheesecake. Pumpkin cheesecake. Salted caramel pecan. I love cheesecake. I even have cheesecake earrings,” said Morales with a big smile as she showed off her earrings.

Her love for cheesecakes began nearly four years ago and said it was a life-changing moment.

“I made a cheesecake for Christmas and it was the first cheesecake I had ever made,” Morales said.

It was a hit. Her mom took some to work and a co-worker liked it so much she wanted the recipe.

“Anamaria said, ‘No, I’m not giving her the recipe.’ She said, ‘I will make her one and sell it to her,” recalled Laura, Anamaria’s mother.

Laura’s co-worker paid $40 for the cheesecake and that got Anamaria thinking.

“And a light went off and it was like, ‘I am going to start selling cheesecakes.'” Morales said….

All that hard work has paid off in a big way. She has raised enough money to pay for her classes and books at Santa Rosa Junior College and now has enough funds saved to pay for her college tuition at U.C. Berkeley, where she will start in the fall as a business major.

“And I will be going to college completely debt free, which was my goal. Thank you to the cheesecake,” Morales said.

 
 
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