Welcome to the 2017-2018 M.S. in Accounting Blog, Full Disclosure! I’m from Binghamton, New York, and went to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where I earned my bachelor’s in Accounting. While there, I was involved in the Sigma Chi and Delta Sigma Pi fraternities, several student organizations—including Student Government—and volunteered with many committees and sustainability initiatives. I’m excited to continue several of these activities while at UVA.
McIntire’s program is a good fit for me because of the tight knit community among the students, faculty, and staff. It also offers interesting and challenging academic offerings that will help prepare me to solve industry challenges. In my short time here, alumni have already shared their advice and provided countless opportunities for networking. In addition to blogging, I volunteer as an M.S. in Accounting Student Ambassador. I’m excited to share my experiences throughout the year!
Before starting at UVA, I completed a double major in Accounting and Finance at the University of Central Florida. I was heavily involved in both academics and extracurricular activities, including active membership in seven student organizations (with two leadership positions), as well as serving as a Becker Ambassador. Much of my free time was been spent participating in a variety of service projects around Orlando and playing club racquetball. I enjoy serving as a liaison between my school and the local community and look forward to doing the same while at the University of Virginia!
I applied to a number of graduate programs but I decided on McIntire because I felt that they were really invested in their students. There were many ways to connect with current students and alumni through virtual chats, phone calls, and holiday mixers to hear their first-hand experiences. It was easy to see that the University of Virginia was not only going to be a part of my graduate studies but that I would maintain connections to the school beyond graduation. The relationships I have formed with my peers in a matter of weeks has been the most surprising aspect of the program. For many of us, we feel we have known each other for years and it feels like we are a part of a small family within McIntire. In addition, my courses are challenging and are helping me to develop professionally before starting my career. Doing my Master’s in Accounting at UVA is something I will always be grateful to have done.
– Sarah Kusher, Financial Reporting & Assurance Track