Tram Hoang, '15

HoangT220x240 Majors: Economics & Management - Economics Emphasis and Mathematics & Computer Science
Activities: Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honorary Society,
Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honorary Society, Phi Beta Kappa
Current:
Attending Michigan State University's Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics Ph.D. Program this fall.

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I will be studying and researching in the field of International Development Economics.

Why do you love what you do?

I think that Development Economics can have a positive impact on developing countries like my own, Vietnam.

What did you like most about Albion?

The professors are extremely nice and supportive, and they give their students a lot of individual attention. In my case, it was Dr. Saltzman and Dr. Li.

How did Albion help you to get where you want to be?

Albion gave me the opportunity to study at the London School of Economics and to pursue my research interests through FURSCA and a senior thesis.

For me, Albion...

...is the first place I have been to outside of Vietnam. It is a sweet little town that opened me to the world and where I met great people, some of whom have had a life-long impact on me.

Alex Decker, '15

DeckerA220x240 Majors: Economics & Management - General Business 
Internships: Ernst & Young and Target
Career: Ernst & Young - Detroit, Assurance Practice

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I'm part of a team that works to audit clients' financial statements to ensure accuracy, as well as compliance to any applicable regulations.

Why do you love what you do?

Every new client presents a new set of challenges. Doing this kind of contract work for some of the biggest, most recognizable brands is extremely exciting. Add to this, the clients that are tomorrow's next great company, and it makes for very exciting work and valuable experiences.

What did you like most about Albion?

To think that some of my most valuable personal connections at Albion are with professors and staff points to the commitment of the faculty to students.

How did Albion help you get to where you want to be?

Preparation, preparation, preparation. Everything from mock-interviews, meet-and-greets with successful alumni, and opportunities build my resume with amazing experiences such as Sup de V.

For me Albion…

...stands alone because of its genuine commitment to the success of its students. I know my professors have lost sleep or time at home to mentor me. I'm extremely grateful because that has helped me reach my goals and set new, more ambitious ones.

Eric Guindi, '16

Eric is a Finance major and a Business and Organizations minor. He is interning with DTE Energy this summer at their nuclear power plant in Newport, Michigan with their business/finance department. While at Albion, Eric has been a member of Delta Sigma Phi. He has also played for two years on the varsity tennis team and was awarded First Team All-MIAA Honors.

“The Economics and Management Department at Albion College is second to none, and the faculty and staff do an outstanding job of maintaining its reputation.”

Eric hopes to get a few years of useful work experience before obtaining his MBA.

Jonathan Gurnee, '16

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Jonathan is a Finance major and a business and organizations minor. As a junior, he is currently abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science studying economics and management. Jonathan interned at Chemical Bank last summer, and has recently signed his offer letter to work as a financial analyst intern at Univar, a private chemical distribution company based out of Downers Grove, IL, for Summer ’15.

The campus, small class sizes, and numerous opportunities to be involved with the school attracted Jonathan to Albion. He is a member of the Men’s Tennis Team, Mortar Board, the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, and has been an economics tutor in past semesters.

After graduating, Jonathan plans to work in the financial services industry, in addition to obtaining a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Elena Luce, '17

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Elena is an Accounting CPA emphasis major with a Business and Organizations minor. She had a finance internship with Dow Corning in Midland where she worked on an internal control project. Last year, she was awarded two accounting scholarships, the Robert Hetler Scholarship and the Ernst and Young Scholarship. In addition, she also was a recipient of the Morley Fraser Scholarship and a P250 Scholarship.

“Albion is the best example of ‘big things come in small packages.’ I am truly grateful for having spent my best years at Albion College, and I have made amazing relationships and connections along the way. You will get out exactly what you put in, and I couldn’t express my thanks enough to those who have helped me in my college career.”

Elena is involved in multiple different groups and organizations; Gerstacker Institute, Honors Program, Student Ambassadors, Softball, Delta Sigma Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, FYE Mentor, Accounting Tutor, and Tour Guide. She also enjoys volunteering at the local elementary school and as a referee for the Special
Olympics tournament. After graduating in May, she hopes to start her career in
Grand Rapids, MI, as a Certified Public Accountant.

“Albion is my home away from home.”

Randolph Kardas, '16

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Randy is an accounting-C.P.A. emphasis major with two minors in Business & Organizations and French Language. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and was recently appointed President of I-Space. Randy started a new business called, "Webmisters LLC", a website creation and computer repair firm and has a deep passion for business development. He worked in the summer for the Information Technology department on campus.

“There are countless opportunities for growth here at Albion College. You have the campus faculty and administrators standing beside you ready to aid you on your endeavors.”

Randy is also member of the Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management and hopes to one day own his own private equity investment firm. His future plans are to earn his MBA after gaining experience in the accounting field.

Katie Strunk, '15

Katie Strunk, '15 Majors: Economics, Management and Mathematics
Internships: NorthPointe Capital (Summer 2014)
Activities: The British Eighth Marching Band, Albion College Actuarial Club, Investment Club, Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program, QSC Tutor
Current Job: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Why do you love what you do?

I love to challenge myself to find new ways to solve problems.

What did you like most about Albion?

I loved the closeness of the classrooms and the availability of professors.
Some of my best friends I met taking classes for my major.

How did Albion help you get to where you want to be?

I was able to get my first internship through an alumni connection, and my second internship through the club that I started during my senior year.

For me, Albion...

...taught me to question everything I know and to think critically in order to solve problems.

Michael Davis Jr. '13

Michael Davis Jr. '13 Major: Economics and Management with emphasis in Economics
Current: Pursuing a Masters in Urban Planning at the University of Michigan

What I like most about Albion?

It is a place where you can connect with students who share your intellectual curiosities. Albion has given me a wide range of knowledge and has really allowed me to shape my education in ways that are truly mine. I was able to be a member of Albion's Fed Challenge teams in 2011, '12, and '13. Our 2011 team went to Nationals in Washington D.C. and went up against teams from Harvard, Rutgers and North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The highlight of this final round of competition was the opportunity to meet several leaders of the Fed including Ben Bernanke, the former Federal Reserve chairman. I was a teaching assistant in E&M for economics, past president of the Macroeconomics Club, and worked closely with the department’s staff and faculty to create a new marketing brochure for future students.

How did Albion help you get there?

I appreciated the careful feedback faculty provided on research projects and papers. The personal relationships that were created with the faculty were incredible.

For me, Albion…

…has provided good networking opportunities for finding a career.

Peter Curry, '14

Peter Curry, '14 Major: Economics and Management with an emphasis in Accounting, Gerstacker Institute Concentration
Residence: Midland, MI
Career: Ernst and Young: Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS Forward)

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I contribute to Ernst and Young's Assurance brand while working in their FAAS Forward program. In this program, I provide audit assurance, but I also provide client services in the Financial Accounting Advisory Group. In this service line, I work with clients to solve issues relating to transaction advisory and financial reporting. In general, this program grants me the base experience of auditing while also exposing me to more complex business and accounting issues. Overall, I contribute to an opinion on the fairness of financial statements, provide due-diligence on transactional needs, and advise clients on reporting requirements.

Why do you love what you do?

I look forward to the challenge. Each day, I work on different teams, clients, and tasks. I will provide a wide range of services to numerous clients and industries, and I am excited to grow and adapt to those opportunities. In many ways, this rotational program continues the diverse education that I received at Albion. I will learn new skills from my teams and apply those skills to a wide range of client needs.

How did Albion help you get there?

Albion enabled me to pursue my divergent interests, namely in English, history, and business. At Albion, I took courses like pax Britannica, contemporary literature, and even several pottery courses. I also completed the required coursework for the Certified Public Accounting license. This was crucial as I began college without a clear focus of what I wanted to do after school, but while at Albion, I had the flexibility to pursue my interests and discover a career.

For me, Albion…

…is a community. The connections that I have made with my peers, professors, and alumni have become valuable both inside and outside the classroom, and I am excited to see how this community will continue to grow beyond graduation.

Richard Atkins, '14

Richard Atkins, '14 Major: Economics and Management (emphasis in Accounting)
Internships: Atlas Oil Credit
Activities: While at Albion I was involved in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, Sup de V International Exchange program, Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, Albion College Ski and Snowboard Club, Greek Week Planning Community, and a member of Albion’s Tennis Team for four years.
Current: Completed Master of Accounting degree, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.  Assurance Staff at Ernst & Young

What did you like most about Albion College?

My favorite part of Albion was the close-knit community. A small student body allowed me to make many connections and friendships with both students and faculty that I would not have if I had attended a larger school. Making these connections helped me grow both academically and personally. I will always remember the people I met at Albion and appreciate how they expanded my outlook and helped me to grow into the person I am today.

How did Albion help you to get where you want to be?

I first became interested in accounting after my managerial accounting course with Professor Gaylord Smith. I only found my interest in accounting after taking some required courses for the finance major. Albion also provided me with many opportunities to grow my business background through programs like the VITA tax preparation program and the Sup De V international exchange program. Albion’s professors proved to be great resources for both career counseling as well as help understanding coursework outside the classroom.

For me, Albion…

…was a place to grow, learn, and make lifelong friends. It provided challenges in the classroom that required us to push ourselves, but also provided help along the way. The diverse courses required as a part of the liberal arts education gave us an opportunity to broaden our outlook, but it may also help you find the major you never thought you wanted.

Trent Mikek, '15

Trent Mikek '15 Majors: Accounting, Business & Organizations
Internships: EY Assurance Intern and Thomson Reuters
Product Support
Current Job: Begin working at EY in the Detroit Office
this upcoming September

In a nutshell, what do you do?

At my upcoming job with EY, similar to my internship I did with the same company last summer, I will work on auditing organizations’ financial statements. I instill confidence in capital markets by verifying the financial statements of organizations for compliance with accounting standards and looking for material mistakes. I enjoy it because I have the opportunity to work on a variety of different organizations in many different industries. Additionally, I have the chance to work on diverse teams and build working relationships with many people.

What did you like most about Albion?

I enjoyed many different things about Albion, but for me the small feel was the best. I covet the great relationships I have built with my professors and enjoy knowing many of the students I see on campus. I have made close friends from many different walks of life and look forward to continuing these relationships after graduation. The professional and social organizations I have been a part of have allowed me to foster these great relationships.

How did Albion help you get where you want to be?

Albion has given me the opportunities, as well as all the resources necessary to begin my professional career, and more importantly feel prepared. Through internships and career development skills they have set me up for success. More importantly, I have done this while having a great time the past four years while developing not only professionally, but personally as well.

Paxton Mueller, '15

Paxton Mueller, '15 Majors: Economics, Management and Mathematics
Internships: Performance Improvement Intern -
EY Advisory Services (Summer 2014)
Current Job: Performance Improvement Consultant -
EY Advisory Services

In a nutshell, what do you do?

This coming fall I will be starting a full time position at EY as a data analytics consultant in the National Advisory Services group. As a part of the Performance Improvement group, I will have the opportunity to work with clients in a variety of industries to address problems and then design and implement solutions. Identifying problems and potential solutions relies heavily on analysis of past data so that we can ensure our solutions will be useful to the client.

Why do you love what you do?

I enjoyed my internship with EY because it gave me the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people. Working in a team environment gives me more opportunities to learn more and improve as a consultant. I also enjoy EY because the projects are challenging and require problem solving.

How did Albion help get you to where you want to be?

Albion gave me the education and experiences necessary to be successful at EY and anywhere else life takes me. My background in mathematics and economics helped me to develop strong problem solving skills and taught me how to work effectively under pressure. Albion also provided me with the connections that helped me to secure my internship and begin developing my professional network. Along with courses in my major, Albion also challenged me to take courses to fulfill the liberal arts requirements. These courses strengthened my performance in areas outside of my comfort zone and helped to enhance my writing and professional communication skills.

For me, Albion...

...provided the education and experiences that helped me discover the person that I want to become while pushing me to take the first steps towards becoming that person.

Paul Stewart, '16

Paul Stewart, '16Major: Economics and Management with an Emphasis in Accounting

Internship: As a Risk Assurance intern for Pricewaterhouse Coopers, I analyzed IT controls to ensure the systems the client had in place met or exceeded the guidelines specified by the company's policy. Through this experience, I learned what the field of public accounting was like and gained a better understanding of the technology used in business.

Activities: At Albion, I was involved with WLBN (as the General Manager), Greek life, and the Albion College Conservatives. These days, I enjoy traveling, DIY home improvement, and sporting clays

Career: Broadcast Automation Engineer for ENCO Systems in Southfield, Michigan.


In a nutshell, what do you do?

I do a variety of different things in my role at ENCO. Primarily, I work with the development team, specifying the needs for new software or new features for existing software. We work with our partners as well as media companies to provide software and hardware solutions that fits the need of the broadcast industry. In addition to this, I travel the world to radio and television stations integrating our software and hardware at our client’s facilities. Sometimes, this can be a simple one day training project, other times I will be there for a week or more installing and configuring the systems for the client.

Why do you love what you do?

I love what I do because my job requires me to think outside the box. Our company pioneers new technologies for the broadcast industry and, to be a part of that, is a truly unique feeling. I also enjoy seeing how our clients have used our products in new and creative ways.

What did you like about Albion?

My favorite part of Albion was the opportunity to seek assistance from professors so as to reinforce my understanding of the course material. I understand from my friends who went to larger schools that they never spoke with their professor directly. The rapport I had with both professors and administrators at Albion opened the doors for opportunities that met my interests and skill set.

How did Albion help you get where you want to be?

My time at Albion taught me to learn a variety of different subjects outside of my field of study. I was able to strengthen my writing skills and become a better communicator which have both helped tremendously when traveling or working with others abroad.

For me, Albion…

…was a good investment in my future.

Leah Parker, '15

ParkerL220x240 Majors: Accounting Major CPA Track
Internships: Rehmann (Ann Arbor) and PSLZ, LLP (Plymouth)
Career: Accountant at PSLZ, LLP

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I am a tax staff member at PSLZ LLP in Plymouth, MI. I do tax compliance accounting and return preparation for individuals, estates and trusts.

Why do you love what you do?

I enjoy the challenge of working with each client’s unique set of circumstances in regard to their taxes. I find the accounting field presents an exciting opportunity for me to apply the ever-changing tax law to a wide range of tax issues in order to assist our client’s needs.

What did you like most about Albion?

Albion helped me grow both academically and personally. The small class sizes and the accessibility of my professors was a huge help to me during my time at Albion.

How did Albion help you get to where you want to be?

The support and guidance from the Economics & Management department and the Gerstacker Institute helped get me to where I am now. While at Albion, I had the opportunity to be involved in several extracurricular activities, complete two internships, and complete all of the required coursework for the Certified Public Accounting examination – all in four years! Through these experiences, I gained the knowledge and the ability to approach new challenges with confidence.

For me Albion…

...is a place that has prepared me for the next phase of my life.

David Budka, '13

David Budka, Albion College Class of 2013Major: Economics and Management (emphasis in Accounting; winner, Outstanding Economics and Management Major Award)

Internships: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Dow Corning

Residence: Midland, Mich.

Career: Financial Analyst, Dow Corning

What did you like most about Albion College?

I enjoyed the significant amount of opportunities that Albion presented me with, such as events, speakers and networking opportunities. Meeting with alumni and firm representatives allowed me to grow within my major as well as an individual. I was active with the VITA program and the Accounting Society.

How did Albion help you get to where you want to be?

The greatest part about the Economics and Management Department, and by extension, Albion as well, is that nothing is handed to you. Everything that I have come to learn, and the successes I have had, are a product of the tools that Albion afforded me and my performance with those instruments.

For me, Albion ...

… was the best decision I could have made for myself. I wouldn’t trade a day anywhere for the experiences I’ve had and lessons I’ve learned from Albion’s faculty, staff and student population.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Make connections with alumni. They were once in your shoes and, more likely than not, have had the same exact or similar experiences as you. Plus, don’t hesitate to reach out; you never know what opportunities you might find.

Kathleen Petchell, '13

Katie PetchellMajor: Economics and Management (emphasis in Accounting, Gerstacker concentration)

Internships: Product Support Intern, Thomson Reuters; Barn Management Intern, Nottawa Paint Horses, LLC

Activities: Equestrian Club, Western Equestrian Team, Tour Guide, Alpha Delta Lambda, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Mortar Board

Carreer:  Tax Associate Plante Moran
Master of Accounting degree, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

What did you like most about Albion College?

I really enjoyed how personal my education was at Albion. My professors all knew me as a student and as a person, which was really beneficial as they helped me to create my résumé, search for internships, select courses and make decisions about my future. When I first came to visit Albion as a high school student, my tour guide told me Albion offered its students tons of great opportunities, and after graduating last year, I can say confidently that her statement is true.

How did Albion help you get to where you want to be?

Without the guidance of my professors, the wonderful ladies in the Gerstacker and Econ offices, and my advisor, Vicki Baker, I don’t know that I’d be on the path I am. When I came to Albion, I had no clue what I wanted to do, but Gaylord Smith inspired me to pursue accounting my very first semester at Albion. Later on in my college career, I got a little more inspiration from professor John Carlson, who teaches several tax courses at Albion.  Aside from helping me to develop an interest in tax, he challenged me to pursue a Master's degree whenn I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do after Albion.  With a little help from the Gerstacker staff, I was accepted itn the University of Michigan's Master's of Accounting program at the Ross School of Business for the Fall or 2013.  Following my graduation from U of M in May 2014, I completed the CPA.  In August I started at Plante Moran's Ann Arbor office as a Tax Associate.

 

For me, Albion ...

… was one of the best choices I have ever made. I’ve been able to pursue a promising career while also maintaining my passion for horses, and I have created friendships that will last a lifetime.

Victoria Slater, '14

Victoria Slater, Albion College Class of 2014Major: Economics and Management (graduated December 2013)

Activities: Intern, Level One Bank, loan and deposit operations; study-abroad, London School of Economics, 2012-2013 academic year

Current: Candidate, MSc, Economic History, London School of Economics (2014-2015)

How did Albion help you pursue your path to London?

Albion has a very strong relationship with several study-abroad programs, one of which is LSE. I was able to study at LSE for one year during undergrad because of these ties that gave me an advantage in applying to postgraduate programs. The Economics and Management Department really prepared me with challenging courses and amazing professors who were always available to help with course work and general advice. I was able to learn study and organizational skills from them that will make grad school a lot easier.

For me, Albion ...

... has been a crucial part of my overall education, allowing me to be a competitive candidate for grad school and future jobs. Albion has offered so many opportunities that I would not have gotten from a larger school or a school without so many important ties to other universities and alumni.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Like everything, college is what you make of it. It is entirely possible to be successful in college and have a great time in the process.

Sarah Erdman, '14

Sarah Erdman, '14 Major: Economics and Management and Math; awarded the Maurice L. Branch award for Scholarship and Research
Residence: Dallas, TX
Career: Analyst for Ernst & Young in Advisory Services

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I work as an Analyst for Ernst & Young in their Advisory services in Dallas, Texas. I work in their Performance Improvement group, which works with different clients to help them deliver year-on-year growth. The work varies greatly from client to client, which is part of what makes it so interesting, and deals with a variety of tasks from designing and implementing new financial systems to analyzing data to improve cost management.

How did Albion help you get there?

I definitely wouldn't be where I am today without the massive support I have had from the E&M department, especially from Professor Hooks. His classes, as well as working as a research assistant for him, really sparked my interest in the field of finance, which eventually brought me to my position at Ernst and Young.

During my time here, Albion taught me so much, especially time management. Albion offers so much - and for me, a big draw was the equestrian center. Albion helped me balance not only riding with academics, but other groups on campus as well, and taught me how to successfully combine all of the passions in my life.

For me, Albion…

I am grateful for everything that Albion has offered and given to me, and excited to begin the next chapter of my life!

 

Student Internships

In today’s competitive job market, it is extremely important that our students obtain experience related to their career ambitions.

Internships are important! They provide distinctive and practical learning experiences outside of the classroom. This is the perfect opportunity to explore areas of personal interest, gain practical experience, and forge relationships that often times help with the job search after graduation. Employers will ask about internships, part-time jobs, and summer jobs when determining whether or not a candidate is qualified. In fact, companies are now using internships as one of the most common methods to select new employees.

Maybe you're looking for an internship that's local, one that's a few states away, or perhaps opportunities abroad are calling your name. Your options are many, and we're here to help you find the right fit. Reach out to your academic advisor or visit the Career and Internship Center today!

Meet a few of our current students below.

Monica Shuk, '19Monica Shuk, '19

Interned at Jacobs Engineering (2016 & 2017), and is a member of the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management, as well as a record holder on the volleyball team.

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Laura Newbury, '18Laura Newbury, '18

Interned at Intel, and is a member of the Honors program and the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management.

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Lucas Harder, '18Lucas Harder, ’18

Internship at Lawrence Evans and Company, member of the swimming and diving team, designated as a scholar All-American.

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Makenzie Frederickson, '18Makenzie Frederickson, ’18

Internship at Ernst and Young and a member of the Honors program, a tour guide, first-year experience mentor, co-leader of Cru, and an accounting tutor.

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Maggie Troost, '18Maggie Troost, ’18

Internship at La-Z-Boy and a member of the Accounting Society, and an active volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

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Elena Luce, '17Elena Luce, ’17

Internship at Dow Corning and four-time scholarship recipient.

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Ethan Sutton, '17Ethan Sutton, ’17

Internship at Fifth Third Bank, President of the Albion College Investment Club,
President of Delta Sigma Phi.

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Eric Guindi, '16Eric Guindi, ’16

Awarded First Team All-MIAA Honors and interning with DTE Energy for the summer.

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Jonathan Gurnee, '16Jonathan Gurnee, ’16

Studied abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Interning as a financial analyst at Univar for the summer.

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Theresa Henscie, '16Theresa Henscie, ’16

Interned at Ernst & Young and secured a full-time position starting July 2016.

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Randolph Kardas, '16Randolph Kardas, ’16

Member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and was recently appointed President of I-Space. He started a website creation and computer repair firm.

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Allan L. Adair III, '14

Allan L. Adair III, '14 Majors: Accounting Major CPA Track
Residence: Ann Arbor
Career: Accountant at Plante Moran

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I am an assurance staff member at Plante Moran in Ann Arbor. I go to various businesses and I improve the information within a company so that the decision makers of the business can make informed decisions, thus reducing the information risk.

Why do you love what you do?

I find it interesting seeing how different companies run. Also, it is very rewarding knowing that what you find can very well help or even save a company. I love the connections I make and the people I meet. It also helps that I love my place of work.

How did Albion help you get there?

Albion helped me mature into the young professional that I am today. It not only taught me the knowledge behind my career, but it also prepared me to achieve within my career. I had two internships: one with Willis and Jurasek, a small accounting firm in Jackson, the other with the Albion College Business Office. I was part of the E&M department’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs for three years and enjoyed the opportunity to work directly with clients in the Albion community. Also, through many events, I met various employers and wound up with multiple job offers. There are many different Albion advantages, but I was lucky enough to experience them all.

For me Albion…

For me Albion was a home away from home for four years. It was a place that I was happy to see and a place where I matured as an individual. It is my alma mater and my previous employer. It was and still is a very special place where I feel comfortable and look forward to coming back as alumni! …Thanks for everything Albion!

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