I have always been interested in understandinghuman behavior. As an undergraduate at the University at Buffalo, I took uppsychology in order to develop my interpersonal skills.
However, I also took onmany math and science courses in order to challenge myself and exploredifferent disciplines my university had to offer while maintaining a 3.51 GPA. Throughoutmy studies, I have always managed to gain part-time employment. Theseexperiences have challenged me to develop my work ethic and time managementskills as well as my communication and listening skills.I believe that my background will greatly aid in my graduate education, becauseit has given me a strong desire for me to find a focus, along with a purpose tosucceed. I want a technical specialization – a career as a Certified Public Accountant.
My liberal arts background provides a unique perspective and good personalskills that I can bring to Northeastern’s prestigious dual MSA and MBAprogram. During my sophomore year, I received a crash course in the complexities ofmanaging a business. My father jumped on the opportunity to purchase rentalproperties near SUNY at Buffalo, despite the fact that he was still living inNew York City. He left the responsibility of running the daily operations ofthe properties, and all the issues that often arise from running a business, tome. I kept track of most aspects of the business while maintaining professionaldealings with my tenants and other professionals, including real estatelawyers, accountants and government officials.
I was fascinated by the complexities necessary to run a business and itstarted to change the way I saw the world. I began reading resources such as Marginof Safety, Rich Dad Poor Dad and the Wall Street Journal tobegin learning about the world of business. Through my independent studies, Iconcluded that accounting is the basis on which business and financefundamentals are built upon. My realizations took my interest to a new level.Warren Buffet, one of my many business inspirations, always discusses theimportance of being a value investor when asked about his success.
This type ofinvesting relies heavily on having a solid understanding of accounting in orderto perform fundamental analysis on businesses in order to invest when the publicmarkets undervalue them. In essence, accounting tells you how valuable anycompany in the world is by giving an investor the tools to understand the wholepicture. Northeastern’s dual degree MBA and MSA program is versatile and well suited formy career goals because it will give me many options within the realm of business.I am particularly excited by the prospect of pursuing a three-month Big Four internshipin the course of my master’s degree program. My short-term goal is to land afull-time accounting position with the Big Four. I know that working with PWC,Deloitte, EY,or KPMG will push me to be the best, most productive and hard-working person Iwant to be.
Working amongst the intelligent and hardworking peers in theindustry will solidify my values like dedication and hard work. I know I willbe pushed to my limits as well as achieve the highest potential I am capable ofrealizing. In the long term, I want to be exposed to the various aspects ofaccounting and business fields.
I am interested in potentially leading othercapable professionals one day in a senior management role in consulting orcorporate finance at a top firm.Northeastern’s campus is close enough to home while also distant and uniqueenough to provide a valuable experience to explore the beautiful and historiccity of Boston. Only Northeastern offers the kind of collaborative experiencethat suits my personal needs and professional goals to achieve success bycatering to my unique background.
I believe graduate school at D’Amore-McKimSchool of Business is precisely where I need to be to continue to navigate thepath I have worked so hard to discover.