We’re excited to announce the July winner of the Wiley Accounting and Finance Student Scholarship: Esther from Bentley University! Esther is proud to be a woman in the accounting industry and looks forward to earning her CPA license to help others reach their financial goals. We recently held a brief Q&A session with Esther to learn more about her and her future accounting career goals.
Q: We’d love to learn a little bit more about you. Can you tell us more about yourself, like where you’re from, any hobbies you have, what you like doing when you’re not in school?
I am from Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from Wellesley College. Fluent in French, I enjoy traveling to France, participating in Francophile events organized by the MFA and the French Cultural Center, and celebrating birthdays
over French cuisine. Pre-pandemic, I joined a ballroom dance team and went regularly to salsa/bachata socials. Now I dance at home with my new partner: my baby boy! He and I are fluent in gibberish.
Q: How did you hear about the Wiley student scholarship?
I heard about the Wiley student scholarship thanks to broadcast emails from firstname.lastname@example.org! Bentley University uses the Wiley Intermediate Accounting textbook and WileyPlus software for its graduate courses Financial
Accounting Problems I and II (AC 611 and AC 612).
Q: How will the scholarship award help you?
I was over the moon to hear that I had won the Wiley July 2021 Women in Accounting and Finance Scholarship. The timing and value of this scholarship award were ideal! $1000 nearly matches the recently announced tuition adjustment for my fall and spring courses. I had been unsure about how to cover this tuition increase.
Q: What made you choose to study accounting?
I made the decision to study accounting recently, but the reasoning behind it was well-grounded. Accounting runs in my family: my grandfather worked as an IRS auditor for over 30 years. Several of my previous administrative jobs have
touched on accounting. In higher education, I analyzed US and foreign tax returns, and in investment management, I helped with expense reporting and accounts receivable. I am among the few who enjoy filing taxes and making budgets in excel!
Q: What do you like most about accounting?
Can you think of any problem that does not involve accounting? I cannot!
Q: What words of advice would you give to other college/grad students who are pursuing a career in accounting?
If you are considering but unsure about this career, take a class or two as a nondegree student. I give Salem State University credit for my start.
If you are already pursuing a career in accounting, take advantage of your career services center and the network offered by your school: Wellesley College and Bentley University are great about this. Also, I recommend joining AICPA and/or MSCPA to keep up with changes in the field.
Q: What are your future career goals? What does your dream career look like?
I am working towards my Master of Science in Accountancy, which will count towards the education requirement for becoming a licensed CPA in MA. I really look forward to helping others reach their financial goals, whether in a private or corporate setting.
Ultimately, a job with stability and flexibility in order to parent my son will be important. One day, I aspire to be a CFO or perform a similar function within an organization for the privilege of soliciting advice from employees about needs, examining the financials to determine what is possible, and finalizing investment decisions to optimize value.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I will have graduated from Bentley and should have my CPA designation, which will feel like a big accomplishment! I will also have several years of relevant experience under my belt, as a staff accountant or tax consultant.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to add?
I am excited about my upcoming class on Federal Taxation, especially given recent and proposed changes in tax law and enforcement. This should foster some friendly discussions with classmates and will help prepare me for my Deloitte Tax Internship in Summer 2022.
A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a new student every month, so check out our Monthly Scholarship Schedule to see which months you should apply for!