In the days leading up to the IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner, we will be featuring the Kelley students who have been named among IUPUI’s Top 100 students in 2019.
What has been your favorite experience so far at Kelley?
Jennifer: My favorite experience was studying abroad in London during spring break of 2017. It was my first time traveling internationally and it was an amazing opportunity to learn about the British economy, effects of Brexit, and business environment of the U.K., while traveling with some of my closest friends.
What has been your favorite class and why?
It’s difficult to pick just one class – I enjoy every class that allows me to learn something completely new or changes my viewpoint in some way. My favorite accounting courses have been Auditing with Professor Sturek and Individual Taxation with Professor Motter. Both instructors are very passionate about the subject matter that they teach which makes coming to class and pushing yourself to learn that much easier.
I also really enjoyed the Spanish courses I took to finish my minor. Spanish Culture taught by Professor Brant was my favorite because he changed my perspective surrounding many global issues and introduced history and culture that allowed me to understand why certain issues exist in our world today.
If you had to pick one professor who has impacted you the most while at Kelley, who would it be?
When I was a freshman, I took K201 with Karen Musick. The class focuses on learning skills in Microsoft Excel and Access. I was interested in her stories of working as a CPA, which she used to explain how the skills taught in class could be applicable in a real world setting. I asked to meet with her after taking the class to learn more about the profession and being a CPA, and after doing so switched my major from Marketing to Accounting.
Where do you see yourself after you graduate?
Following graduation, I will continue studying and sitting for my CPA exams. In the fall, I will start working at Ernst & Young as an Assurance Associate.
Favorite activity/extracurricular activity that you have been involved in while at Kelley?
I became involved with Kelley Indianapolis Cares my first semester and continued as Volunteer Coordinator and later President. It was by far my favorite extracurricular experience. Not only was it great to help organizations in the community with my peers, but it inspired me to prioritize service and volunteering as I enter my professional career.
What is your advice to current Kelley students?
Don’t compare yourself to others. Pick your major, classes, and extracurricular activities according to what you want to do, not because it feels like you have to or how you think it will look on a resume. College is the time to find out who you are, what you’re interested in, and how to challenge yourself. It’s the time to make mistakes and sometimes fail completely. Use your resources – especially professors, peers, and alumni. Don’t be afraid to send an email to ask someone to sit down and talk face-to-face. Networking is by far the best skill to develop during your time at Kelley.
What is your Kelley moment?
My Kelley moment was passing my first CPA exam this semester. I was able to pull together all the pieces from various accounting classes I have taken at Kelley and use that foundation to study and pass FAR, which covers multiple courses I’ve taken on financial and governmental accounting. I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to finish all of my 150 credit hours to sit for the exams while an undergraduate, and I hope to finish sitting this summer so I can travel before working full-time.