Kathleen Petchell, '13
Major: 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
Current: Pursuing 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. With a little help from the faculty, I am now on track for the CPA exam and attending U of M for my Master’s of Accounting.
One specific instance that proved to me how much Albion works to help its students was when I was visiting U of M after being accepted into their Business School. One of the current students was telling me all of the great things they do for their graduate students, such as having recruiters on campus, résumé reviews, etc., and it made me laugh because Albion had exposed me to all of those resources my freshman year!
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.