As part of the DYC Enactus Team, I took a trip to Guayaquil, Ecuador to help find creative funding opportunities for a small school in an impoverished region.
Understanding the way international markets operate is a necessity for business. That's why I decided to enroll in the Accounting (BS) and International Business (MS) combined degree program. It will provide me with enough credit hours to take the CPA exam if I decide to take that route.
I chose D'Youville because of its small size. I found that, as a student, I learn better in a small classroom setting where a professor is readily available. Although DYC is small, it has academic and professional resources comparable to any large school. Many professors are professionals in their field, which means they provide students with real world examples. This means we learn what we should expect in our careers after graduation.
As a student, I've had numerous opportunities to gain real life experience in the accounting and business world through leadership organizations and internships. For example, in the summer between my sophomore and junior year, I worked as an intern at Buffalo Pharmacies in the Accounts Receivable department. This was a great experience for me as I did bank reconciliations, book keeping, organized and distributed mail, and processed incoming checks. I'm confident that when I'm done with my coursework, I'll be a marketable candidate for careers in my field.
Through Enactus, which is an international nonprofit group formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), I've met two international students who have become very good friends of mine. During our numerous trips around the country for the Enactus competitions I've learned much from them. They've inspired and motivated me to learn and research the life and culture of foreign countries. In turn I've shown them what Buffalo has to offer with its art, architecture, and history.
Another great thing about being in the program is that our professors encourage us to be well-rounded students. I was therefore able to take electives which are not directly linked to my major. I've taken classes such as Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture, Astronomy, and Natural Disasters.
Perhaps one of my most memorable experiences while at D'Youville is having traveled nationally and internationally for Enactus competitions and volunteer work. One of the most exciting trips I took was to Guayaquil, Ecuador to help find creative funding opportunities for both a small school in an impoverished area and a home for people recovering from leprosy. Together with two other D'Youville students, we helped the small school create a garden. The produce that is grown in the garden helps fund supplies for the school.
Combined Degree Program
Accounting (BS) & International Business (MS)