Student Feature: Natalie Smith, Class of 2018

As we document the Class of 2018’s progress in the M.S. in Accounting Program, we would like to highlight several of our classmates’ experiences transitioning to UVA:

Natalie Smith

Hometown: Johnson City, Tenn.
Undergrad: Covenant College
Major: Business


What was the transition like coming from a smaller school?
Because all of our classes are in one building and the M.S. in Accounting Program is relatively small, it honestly was an easy transition. Of course, it takes a little time to get used to being in a new environment and there are many more students at UVA in general, but I have really enjoyed being at a large university.

Can you describe your experience living in Charlottesville?
So far, I have really enjoyed living in Charlottesville. I had never lived in a college town before, so it’s been really fun. I love being able to walk to class and the Corner, and am looking forward to exploring more of Charlottesville in the coming months (hiking, vineyards, etc.). 

What surprised you most about the M.S. in Accounting Program?
Coming from a small school where I knew my professors really well, I wasn’t sure what my relationships with my professors would be like at McIntire. I have been pleasantly surprised at how willing they have been to help—and how understanding they can be—with the demands of the program.

How did you select your track?
For me, the Financial Reporting & Assurance Track was a no-brainer. The classes looked very interesting to me, and I knew it would set me up to be prepared for a variety of career options, including audit.

Check out Natalie’s Student Ambassador profile here. If you haven’t already scheduled a visit to Charlottesville, be sure to sign up for an in-person or virtual event here.

 Sarah Kusher & Adnan Syed, M.S. in Accounting Class of ‘18

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