"...these past three years have been part of the greatest time of my life..."
What are your career aspirations?
"My long-term career aspiration is to become a partner at KPMG. Once I retire from being a partner, I would like to become a professor of practice and teach accounting at Lehigh as a way of giving back to the community that’s given so much to me."
How well do you think the Lehigh business curriculum prepared you for success in getting a job or internship?
"I believe that Lehigh’s business curriculum has been fundamental to my success in obtaining an internship and, eventually, a job offer. When I came into Lehigh I knew I wanted to be an accounting major, however it was courses like Introduction to Business in the Global Environment and Business Ethics that really interested me in accounting. It also helped that my professor for these courses was an auditor at KPMG so she would talk a lot about the Big Four. I believe that Lehigh provides a competitive edge through its rigorous curriculum. When I interned at KPMG this summer and I told staff members that I go to Lehigh, they talked about how they’ve always had good experiences working with Lehigh alumni."
Have you found the curriculum to be flexible in allowing you to pursue diverse interests in addition to your business interests?
"I strongly believe that the curriculum is flexible enough to pursue different interests apart from my major. As a CBE student, there are a certain number of humanities and social science prerequisites that I have to complete. I was able to complete these requirements by minoring in Spanish and Music, two areas of studies that I am hugely interested in. I believe that having the opportunity to minor in these two areas of interests of mine has helped open up my mind to more things than business."
What experiences outside of your business study, do you credit for some of your success?
"I credit a lot of my success to my work study job on campus as a Building Manager at the University Center. This job has allowed me to develop leadership skills and provide me with additional responsibilities outside of the classroom setting. I believe that this has been beneficial to my success because having this work study position has helped me learn to balance my life between school work, my job, and having fun."
Have you found someone within the CBE to be particularly helpful as you make important decisions?
"Someone that I’ve gone to for guidance since sophomore year has been Professor Manzo, who has taken the time to meet with me on multiple occasions even though I was no longer his student. I have found the CCPD (Center for Career and Professional Development) to be a great resource because they really helped develop my cover letter and résumé when I started looking into internships and leadership programs throughout my sophomore year."
Do you see yourself as part of a community that’s is instrumental to success now and beyond Lehigh?
"I strongly believe that I have created bonds at Lehigh that will carry on even after I graduate. Many of those friendships have been made through the clubs that I joined, through the fraternity that I joined, my work study job, and even the classroom setting."
Are you proud to say that you are from Lehigh? If so, why?
"I am very proud to say that I am from Lehigh because it has been my dream since sophomore year of high school to attend Lehigh. Many kids from my high school ended up going to Lehigh and I would always hear how they enjoyed it, so I always hoped to get into Lehigh. When my dreams came true 3 ½ years ago, I looked forward to moving onto campus. Now that I’m a senior, I can say for sure that these past three years have been part of the greatest time of my life, and it’s because of all of the friends that I’ve made at Lehigh."
What are some of your activities outside of the CBE, and how have they better impacted your college career?
"Outside of the CBE, I joined a fraternity, joined an a capella group, I was an Orientation Leader for two years, and had a work study job. I was part of many of these activities at the same time therefore these activities really helped me learn how to prioritize my time and spend it efficiently. I was also a Tauck Scholar, which allowed me to go abroad this past summer to work for KPMG in the UK. This was an unreal experience that allowed me to explore a different country’s culture and that also provided me with a global perspective on auditing."
Anything else you would like to add about your Lehigh experiences?
"I just want to thank Lehigh for believing in me 3 ½ years ago by giving me a chance to attend such a prestigious school. I’m positive that I would not have accomplished so much success without the people that I’ve surrounded myself with and the education that I have received."