Colton Montgomery Smith '14

April 8, 2014

Hometown: Coal City, Illinois

High School: Coal City High School

Major: Accounting/CPA

Minor: Political Science

Activities/Clubs: Investment Club, Baseball Team for 3 years, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Alpha Lambda Delta, Kairos 67

Job After Graduation: Starting in September 2014, Colton will be a staff tax accountant for L.M. Henderson & Company, LLP, a full-service accounting firm in the Indianapolis area that is dedicated to providing clients with professional, personalized services and guidance in a wide range of financial and business needs. Colton will help prepare returns for individuals, corporations, partnerships, estates, and trusts. 

How did SJC help you achieve this?

There are many different people who helped me achieve this. All of my Accounting, Business, Political Science, and Core professors have done an excellent job giving me knowledge and preparing me for future opportunities. My baseball coaches here at SJC also helped teach me the importance of discipline and time management. The Career Center helped me out greatly with all of the business networking and accounting interview events I was able to attend. These events helped me network with SJC alumni in the area in order to get my name and experience out there. The Business and Accounting departments do an amazing job in making sure their students work to the best of their ability, which allows for future opportunities to come around sooner rather than later.

Why did you choose SJC? 

The main reason I chose SJC was thatI immediately felt comfortable on campus. During my visit, I felt at home when meeting different professors and faculty. The other schools that I considered lacked that comfortable feeling for which I searched. I could not be happier with the choice I made in coming to Saint Joseph’s College. 

 What was your experience like at SJC?

My experience at SJC was absolutely amazing. I met some of the best friends of my life here, and I have even become friends with most of my professors. The experience I appreciated the most was the family feeling that I received in the four years I was here. There’s really no better feeling than being part of the Puma family. 

How were the faculty members in your department helpful to you? 

My Business and Accounting professors were extremely helpful to me. They showed me the discipline and patience it takes to learn the science behind Accounting. I was able to jump right into Accounting classes my freshman year, and that was able to boost my learning curve. Each one of my Accounting professors did a great job in surrounding me with Accounting knowledge from all aspects. 

 How do you feel about the Core Program?

The Core Program is a great asset to have. It has allowed me to feel more comfortable with public speaking and has made me more well rounded when it comes to writing, as well as being open with new ideas and different perspectives. It has helped discipline me with time management and handling multiple projects at once. The Core Program has taught me to look into Accounting with more conviction and has helped me better understand and enjoy it. I believe Core will help me after graduation in the department of meeting with clients in the future as well as conversing with those clients in order to do my job accurately and correctly. 

Tell us about your internship.

For the past three spring semesters, I have interned at Del Principe & Allie, CPAs, which is right across the street from campus in Rensselaer, Ind. My responsibilities included looking over tax documents, reconciling accounts, scanning important documents, and handling millions of dollars in checks. I have learned much about the tax aspect of accounting since I worked during tax season in those 3 spring busy seasons. I used programs such as Ultra Tax, Quickbooks, and Microsoft Excel, which will help me with my job in the future since my company uses those programs.

What advice would you give to a prospective student?

Accounting is a great major uphold at Saint Joseph’s College. The professors are extremely knowledgeable in the subject, and they help prepare you for the CPA exam and for the real world. The Career Center also does a great job in setting up accounting interview events in Indianapolis. These events help you meet with many different accounting firms in order to give out resumes for future internships and jobs. Some advice I would give those looking to major in accounting would be to find a busy season internship during the time spent at Saint Joseph’s College. Although it makes the spring semester more difficult, it allows you to get first-hand experience while juggling multiple projects at once. This looks great on your resume and that experience alone can go a long way towards future opportunities. 

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