Major: Accounting with Certified Public Accountancy track
Current Residence: Indianapolis, IN
What are you doing now?
I’m a staff accountant at Katz, Sapper & Miller (KSM) in Indianapolis.
Why did you choose SJC?
My decision to attend SJC was based on a combination of my scholarship opportunities, the chance to play collegiate athletics, and the high reputation of the Department of Business.
As a student, what was your experience like at SJC?
My experience as a student was unforgettable. As an active member of several clubs, a member of the women’s golf team, and maintaining campus jobs, I was able to partake in a wide variety of experiences and get to know individuals from all walks of life, one of my favorites being the travel experiences I had with Habitat for Humanity. My classes were fun yet challenging. Even after graduating, I still stay in touch with my professors and classmates, as they have provided me with some of the best memories of my life.
What experiences did you appreciate most in the department of your major?
I completed an internship during the spring semester of my junior year at KSM. It was one of the biggest learning experiences of my entire college career, as I was able to put all my prior knowledge to use. In addition, I enjoyed attending the Business Networking events in Indianapolis and Chicago during my junior and senior years. The casual atmosphere made it fun and easy to talk with area alumni.
How were the faculty members in your department helpful to you?
I am thankful all my professors were always accommodating to my athletic schedule and willing to go out of their way to help me if I needed assistance outside of the classroom. The semester in which I completed my internship took special planning with my professors in order for me to maintain my full-time student status so that I could retain all of my scholarships. In addition to helping me set up my internship, Professor Terra Maienbrook helped me plan a schedule that allowed me to take one of her classes online so that I could do just that. Once I returned to campus, Professor George Roy allowed me to take his Accounting class as a summer course so that I would be caught up by the start of my senior year. Their willingness to work with me made it possible for me to graduate as scheduled in May of 2013.
How did the Core Program prepare you for employment?
Throughout my four years of taking Core classes, I became more confident in talking with and expressing my opinions with people whom I did not have the opportunity to speak with on a regular basis. Job interviews were a breeze because I was confident in my ability to carry on a conversation with prospective employers. Additionally, the Core Program helped define my personal values. Choosing to work for an employer with values similar to mine became important to me. Now that I am in the workforce, I still use my foundation with the Core Program to help guide my success; I’m not afraid to ask questions or challenge others’ viewpoints, but more importantly, I am able to listen to and respect what others have to say.
What advice would you give to a prospective student looking to major in Accounting at SJC?
It is hard to give up a semester, but the best advice I would give to any student in Accounting is to complete a busy season internship. Initially, it was one of the hardest decisions but turned out to be one of the best decisions I made as a student. I learned far more in that semester being exposed to real-life situations than I would have ever learned in a book. Furthermore, at the end of my internship, I was offered a full-time position with the firm following graduation, which took a lot of stress out of my senior year. Accounting is in high demand and having real-life experience gives you the competitive edge over those who do not when it comes time to start your career.
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