MS Reflections: Byron Delarosa ’17

In this “MS Reflections” blog post series, we will be featuring the profile and thoughts of a select few Whitman MS students graduating in May of 2017.

Major: MSA, Masters of Science in Accounting

Background: Major – Accounting Minor – Economics

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Why an MSA?

I wanted to expand and strengthen my existing accounting knowledge and diversify my expertise by taking courses in fields ranging from entrepreneurship to marketing to film business.

Why Whitman?

The faculty and familiarity aspect were a few of the reasons for me returning to Whitman to pursue my MSA. I knew I would have the resources to find success.

What have you gained from your time at Whitman?

Time management was the biggest skill that I enhanced throughout my two graduate semesters. Juggling five classes a semester, a part-time job with the Whitman Digital Team, being a teaching assistant for an introductory accounting course, studying for the CPA and living a social college lifestyle tested my abilities to manage time.

What is your most memorable moment from your time at Whitman?

The most memorable moment I had during my graduate year at Whitman would have to be the opportunity to be Professor MaryAnn Monforte’s teaching assistant. This experience not only improved my public speaking and taught me how to control a room, but helped me to develop methods to connect with the students to ensure they were comprehending the material. It was reassuring to hear from the students that I was making a positive impact to their understanding of fundamental accounting.


Sophomore Year – Deloitte Discovery Internship (Tax/Audit)

Junior Year – Deloitte Tax Internship

Senior Year – Deloitte Advisory Internship

Are your goals or plans different since starting your MSA?

My plans after graduation consist of starting full-time as an advisory consultant for Deloitte. Starting at a company that has shown me so much support throughout my college career makes me excited to start the next chapter of my life. The advisory lifestyle fits my desire to travel and provide my assistance to various clients worldwide.

What is your dream job?

Unlike many people, I personally do not have a “dream job.” I am a person who wants to continue to learn and experience new things so I do not want to hold myself to a single “dream job.” What I prioritize is the feeling that I can wake up in the morning with a smile knowing that I am loving what I am doing.

Arielle Spears