December 2, 2013
Meredith Michalec, '15, is a business and organizations and accounting major with a concentration in the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management. She is the daughter of Allen A. Michalec and Maura R. Cook of Rochester Hills and a graduate of Rochester Adams High School. Michalec describes her fall-semester internship experience below.
When I was dropped off in Philadelphia this past September, I had no apartment and no internship. I was scared, and when I told people that nothing was secure I got a lot of weird looks. However, I knew the Philadelphia Center has provided great internships to a lot of Albion students, and this has happened for me as well.
I am an accounting intern with the Philadelphia Phillies and I absolutely love it. I was hired for the accounts receivable department, but I help out in accounts payable, too. My duties include updating the credit card spreadsheet on a daily basis, working in the general ledger and with the sponsors to make sure their numbers add up and match the marketing inventory. I also work with the suite holders, making sure that they have paid their full amount and that the Phillies are aware and have recorded it.
This internship has reinforced my love for accounting; I really like that accounting is black and white, meaning there is a specific numerical answer that has to be reached when working on a project. I always know that if my number on any given spreadsheet doesn’t equal the one on the general ledger then I have to check over my work. I love numbers and the importance of numbers in any organization. These numbers determine the fiscal health and it gives me satisfaction knowing that we accountants are the reason behind the fiscal health of a company.
I also now know that there is so much more to accounting than numbers on a spreadsheet; it’s also about the memories and relationships you make with the people around you. In the Phillies front office, I have a terrific group of people to be around. Even though I could have been "just another intern," they welcomed me and took me in from day one.
I can honestly say that I enjoy getting up and going to work every day because I know people will be making me laugh and putting a smile on my face, fascinated by my “Michigan tendencies” such as saying tennis shoes instead of sneakers or sprinkles instead of jimmies. They also joke about my accent, which I didn’t think I had. They constantly ask me to repeat words; Just the other day I was told that I say "cherries" weird.
Coming from the suburbs of Rochester, Michigan, and the small town of Albion, city life has been an adjustment. I have a newfound love/hate relationship with public transportation. I hate that I have to depend on it to get around, but driving a car in a big city is next to impossible. It's strange to hear car horns all hours of the night, smell trash on the street on trash day, and see wardrobe choices I have never seen before.
I’m glad I chose to come to Philly. I have had some tough times but that’s a part of life. Overall, I have gained knowledge and experiences that I will have for a lifetime and that I wouldn’t have had if I had stayed in Albion. Albion has done a great job preparing me and will continue to prepare me for the real world.