Eight years ago on a typically arctic Syracuse night, a sophomore student took off his beanie hat and convinced 250+ students that he should be the next VP of Membership of Beta Alpha Psi – the Accounting & Finance Honors society. I probably looked nervous, mainly because I was. Nerves notwithstanding, I rose to the occasion and I realize now that it was one of the best things I have ever done for my career.
Being a VP catapulted me towards success in a way I could not have imagined. I became a finalist in a school-wide audit competition and I was chosen by the faculty to represent Syracuse in a national tax competition. My position, and the opportunities it provided for me, enabled me to secure an interview with Ernst & Young.
Five years later, I am still with EY, where, believe it or not, there is never a dull moment. I have the privilege of working with some of the smartest people I have ever met on industry leading financial services technology solutions, and none of that would have been possible without the people at Whitman and my experiences at Syracuse.
I remember spending hours with Professor Zadzilka discussing the importance of accounting to business, what it means to “think outside the box” and to focus on the process first when improving. I also remember many hours with Kara Primrose on interview prep. We discussed the “do’s and dont’s,” what to wear and much more. I remain incredibly grateful for these experiences and many more like them.
I encourage all students to get involved in something they are passionate about. Talk to people, go to events, take advantage of mock interviews and try something new! You never know where it will lead and what doors will open.