B.S.B.A. Accounting - Public Accounting
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Graduation Date: May 2018
Why did you choose to major in Accounting?
When picking a major, Accounting seemed challenging and prestigious to me. I also enjoyed getting to figure out how to account for everything and know where everything goes within a business.
What will you take away from your coursework?
Nothing comes easy and practice makes perfect. With Accounting, I have learned that there is a lot of gray area, which means that I have to know all the rules and exceptions in order to correctly account for everything.
What are some lessons you learned from professors or mentors in the Sorrell College?
I have learned the importance of building a relationship with my professors. They are there to assist me whenever I need it, without giving me the answer. I have learned not only textbook information but also real world advice for when I am out of college.
How should business students build their networks?
The best ways to build networks as a business student include getting involved in organizations (they do not have to be business related) and building relationships with the professors and other classmates. Going beyond doing homework and taking exams is necessary.
Have you participated in any extracurricular activities (internships, etc.) during
your time at TROY?
I have been involved in Delta Sigma Pi, professional business fraternity since Spring of 2016. I participated in Freshmen Forum when I first came to Troy, and it has been a very rewarding experience and a great tool for networking. I got the chance to represent Troy as an IMPACT Leader (new student orientation). I have been involved in Chi Alpha, a Christian ministry on campus. I am currently a Resident Director for Newman Center 200 where I manage a floor of 60+ residents and relay information between Housing and the RA staff in my building. I hope to obtain an internship in the Spring of 2018.
Have these experiences helped you clarify what you want to do after graduation?
Yes, all of the activities above have molded me in different ways to make me more well-rounded as a human being. I am not 100% clear on what I will do after graduation, but these activities have helped me tremendously narrow my scope.
What advice do you have for current or future TROY business students?
Make sure that you get the full college experience, which means that you cannot limit yourself only to classwork. College is way more than studying and taking exams. College also involves networking and finding yourself while working towards your degree. There will be times when you question your degree or your reason for being in college. This is the time to evaluate those questions, but make sure you do not dissuade yourself from moving forward. Lastly, whenever things seem to get too difficult, just breathe!