How did you hear about BAP and why did you decide to join?
"I heard about BAP through a recruiting email from Professor O’Shaughnessy via the listserve, then from the class visits from officers. I went to the new candidate social meeting to learn more, since I didn’t really know much about accounting as a profession, and what sort of jobs were in the area. I knew it would be important to network in order to find a job, so I was excited at having a student organization that could facilitate that. Plus, I wanted to get to know like-minded students so I could get to know some more Monarchs. Being a commuter, I didn’t really feel like a part of the student body; this organization became a perfect way to participate."
What is your position in BAP and how has it helped you grow professionally?
"I am the Treasurer, and the position has actually helped me with my duties as an intern. Part of my treasurer job is to do the bank reconciliations, and that is one of the things accountants do when they audit."
What has been your favorite experience as part of BAP?
"For favorite experiences, there have been many! I love the things we’ve done for community service, especially helping out at the Southeastern Virginia Foodbank, and ForKids VA. I’ve also really enjoyed the learning opportunities we’ve had at BAP conferences, like at the annual meeting in Anaheim, CA. The people we’ve had a chance to hear from and meet, like the Chair of the AICPA, are so inspiring!"
What are some of your interests outside of BAP and school?
"Outside of BAP and ODU, I love to hang out with my husband and my two dogs, Hunter and Lottie, work on home and landscaping projects, read, and watch movies. We especially love to go to Cinema Café down in Edinburgh for date night."
What advice would you give to new BAP candidates and members?
"My advice to any shy candidates and members like me is to just go ahead and take the plunge, even if it feels like it’s outside of your comfort zone and something you might not fit in with. I’m so glad I went ahead and joined, because BAP has been so incredibly rewarding!"
What is something interesting about you that other people might not know?
"Something interesting others don’t know: My brother and his wife are expecting a baby girl, so when the semester is over, I’ll be flying out to California to spend time getting to know my little niece!"