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Student Ambassadors

A great way to learn more about the experience you’ll have as UNC Master of Accounting student is to talk with actual students in the program. We’ve profiled a small group of student ambassadors from both the online and on-campus formats who would be happy to share their experiences and answer your questions about the day-to-day goings-on in the program. These students were in your shoes not long ago — researching graduate school options and contemplating their career development —  so they will be excellent resources for you.

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Ashley Lodenquai

Ashley Lodenquai

Online
Communication Studies

Ashley Lodenquai

Ashley Lodenquai

Undergraduate Major: Communication Studies
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Accounting Concentration:
Program Format: Online

Hobbies

Beach days, cooking and baking, working out in groups, spending time with my family

Why did I choose MAC at UNC?

Location was a big factor for me, I began in the On-Campus format and transitioned to a “hybrid” format of sorts (I have classes online and in-person). I’m a Florida/Caribbean girl so I can only go so far north before freezing. The diversity of the faculty, the curriculum and program structure, and the reputation of KFBS — I am extremely excited to call myself a Tar Heel!

Spencer Storey

Spencer Storey

Online
Economics

Spencer Storey

Spencer Storey

Undergraduate Major: Economics
Hometown: Salisbury, NC
Accounting Concentration:
Program Format: Online

Hobbies

Golf, Tennis, Basketball, and Fitness

Why did I choose MAC at UNC?

I wanted to get the CPA and I have a lot of family connections to UNC

What did I learn that I’ve applied to my job?

I learned the importance of staying ahead on your work in case things come up

Shay Davis

Shay Davis

Online
Accounting

Shay Davis

Shay Davis

Undergraduate Major: Accounting
Undergraduate School: Georgia Southern University
Hometown: Atlanta, GA.
Accounting Concentrations: Tax
Program Format: Online

What are some of your hobbies?

Time with family, coaching beauty professionals in the local Atlanta areas about building wealth, and lately it’s been studying for the CPA exam.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?

I chose UNC MAC because I wanted to gain project-based experiences from professors that practice the profession. Accounting is more than theory to me, so I wanted to understand how to apply what I was learning to real life scenarios. I also loved the fact that the school’s online format mimicked a digital classroom environment which would allow me to develop a network with peers and professors alike.

What are a few things that you’ve learned in the classroom that you’ve immediately applied to your job?

Concentrating in Tax allowed me to serve beauty professionals in the Atlanta area and coach them on different ways to keep more of their hard-earned profits in their pockets. I also took electives to improve my entrepreneurial mindset in Sales that helped me align on a strategy to 6X my profit for my virtual family-owned business.

Overall, the UNC online MAC program was versatile and flexible enough to allow me to be a mom of two toddlers and run a business part-time. Upon completing the program, it allowed me to land a Senior Consulting position with one of the Big 4 Accounting Firms to pursue my CPA license aspirations.

Kellie Masters

Kellie Masters

Online
Business Administration

Kellie Masters

Kellie Masters

Undergraduate Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Mobile, AL
Accounting Concentration: Tax
Program Format: Online

Hobbies

I spend a lot of time reading, especially historical fiction, however my recent obsession is British psychological thrillers.  I also love taking long walks with my sweet little Bichon Frise.

Why did I choose MAC at UNC?

I was impressed by the school’s excellent reputation and the MAC program’s content appeared to be a challenge for me.

What did I learn that I’ve applied to my job?

I work as a tax accountant at a CPA firm, and I thought I had a pretty broad knowledge until I enrolled in this program.  Almost every week, I learned something that I immediately applied to my job.  My courses in corporate and partnership taxation were especially helpful to me and allowed me to identify issues that were beneficial to my clients.

Joseph Lynch

Joseph Lynch

Online
Business and Spanish

Joseph Lynch

Joseph Lynch

Undergraduate Major: Business and Spanish
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Accounting Concentration:
Program Format: Online

Hobbies

Golf and fishing

Why did I choose MAC at UNC?

I wanted the opportunity to learn new skills from a well-respected school of business without completely disrupting my life.

What did I learn that I’ve applied to my job?

The leadership skills are presented from multiple perspectives. Attempting to understand how personality can influence leadership style has been very helpful.

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