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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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Online Students

Lek Sacramento

Lek Sacramento

Online Format
Management/Legal Management

Lek Sacramento

Lek Sacramento

Undergraduate Major: Management/Legal Management
Undergraduate School: Ateneo de Manila University
Hometown: Pasacao, Camarines Sur, Philippines
Accounting Concentrations: Financial Analysis & Reporting
Program Format: Online

What are some of your hobbies?
I am a huge CrossFit fan, so I usually spend around five hours each week at the box working on my weightlifting and gymnastics techniques. I also like to spend time reading books covering topics and areas as diverse as philosophy, management, history, theology and psychology. Whenever time permits on weekends, I have the habit of driving to a city two hours north of Manila to eat local cuisine and drink craft beer.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
The UNC MAC program perfectly fits my needs at this current juncture of my career. It provides me the opportunity to build on my background in Strategy with a deeper and more formal training in Accounting while allowing me to keep my job and receive the same rigorous educational pedigree through the powerful online platform. Basically, I want the best of both worlds – continue working while earning a topnotch and renowned UNC Kenan-Flagler graduate degree.

What are a few things that you’ve learned in the classroom that you’ve immediately applied to your job?
I took a few units of Accounting during my undergraduate studies, and it opened my eyes to the glaring truth that Accounting is the language of business. Having finished a general management program, it puts me on a vantage point to see Accounting not just in terms of debits and credits, but the power it has in tying up the various pieces of an organization in one coherent whole. Balancing my fascination with details while remaining in touch with the bigger picture is something I intend to continue working on.

Andrew Stanislawski

Andrew Stanislawski

Online Format
Communication Arts & Sciences

Andrew Stanislawski

Andrew Stanislawski

Undergraduate Major: Communication Arts & Sciences
Undergraduate School: The Pennsylvania State University
Hometown: Clark, NJ
Accounting Concentrations: Financial Analysis & Reporting
Program Format: Online

What are some of your hobbies?
I love playing guitar and writing songs. Golf is also another favorite of mine. We have also started homesteading and really preparing a large garden in our backyard with plans for chickens in the coming spring.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I always liked UNC, but ultimately did not attend UNC for undergrad. The MAC program allowed me to finally attend UNC and also provided me with great flexibility so I could work, dedicate time to my family and still earn my degree.

What are a few things that you’ve learned in the classroom that you’ve immediately applied to your job?
A lot of the FAR-specific courses have been immediately applicable to my day-to-day for work. Better understanding of formulas, ways to evaluate companies, and how to more effectively use tools like excel, access, SQL and python.

Jessica Hare

Jessica Hare

Online Format
History

Jessica Hare

Jessica Hare

Undergraduate Major: History
Undergraduate School: University of Nebraska- Lincoln
Hometown: Alliance, Nebraska
Accounting Concentrations: Audit
Program Format: Online

What are some of your hobbies?
Running, reading, traveling, camping, hiking, and golfing.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I chose the MAC Program at UNC because it was a thorough education at the fast pace that I wanted. I was also planning to move to Chapel Hill and I liked the idea of being local.

What are a few things that you’ve learned in the classroom that you’ve immediately applied to your job?
The research and writing skills that I gained from my history degree have been surprisingly important in accounting.

Spencer Krantz

Spencer Krantz

Online Format
Economics

Spencer Krantz

Spencer Krantz

Undergraduate Major: Economics
Undergraduate School: U.S. Military Academy
Hometown: Bedford, Virginia
Accounting Concentrations: Tax
Program Format: Online

What are some of your hobbies?
Time with family and friends, golf, time on the lake.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I chose UNC MAC because I wanted join a program that provides a first class education and that attracts leaders in other industries. Also, UNC MAC’s quarter based calendar helps provide the flexibility I need to continue practicing law full-time.

What are a few things that you’ve learned in the classroom that you’ve immediately applied to your job?
My undergraduate major exposed me to financial statements, which are often completed by accountants, and other foundational finance concepts.

Erica Jones

Erica Jones

Online Format
English and Media Studies

Erica Jones

Erica Jones

Undergraduate Major: English and Media Studies
Undergraduate School: Auburn University
Hometown: Palm Harbor, FL
Accounting Concentrations: Financial Analysis & Reporting
Program Format: Online

What are some of your hobbies?
Spinning, Playing with my Jack Russell Terrier, Animal Crossing, Following the Jonas Brothers on tour.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I truly believe it is the strongest online accounting program out there! Not to mention that UNC’s philosophy closely mirrors my own: to lead for a better world.

What are a few things that you’ve learned in the classroom that you’ve immediately applied to your job?
Language/Communication skills. I will be able to convey financial information to end users more smoothly than many thanks to my undergraduate degree.

Carol Wylie

Carol Wylie

Online Format
Accounting

Carol Wylie

Carol Wylie

Undergraduate Major: Accounting
Undergraduate School: UNC Wilmington
Hometown: Sanford, NC
Accounting Concentrations: Financial Analysis & Reporting
Program Format: Online

What are some of your hobbies?
I love anything that takes me outdoors! I particularly enjoy trips to the lake with my husband and our two dachshund pups.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I chose the Online UNC MAC program because of the universities excellent reputation of preparing the next generation of leaders.

What are a few things that you’ve learned in the classroom that you’ve immediately applied to your job?
My undergraduate concentration was accounting, so the majority of what I studied is applicable to my current work as an accountant in the electric utility industry.

On-Campus Students

Ara Atayan

Ara Atayan

Online Format
Advertising and Public Relations

Ara Atayan

Ara Atayan

Undergraduate Major: Advertising and Public Relations
Undergraduate School: UNC-Chapel Hill
Hometown: Bronxville, New York
Accounting Concentrations: Other
Program Format: On-Campus

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I chose the MAC Program at UNC because I desired to round out my education by learning a subject matter which is both technical and real-world applicable. Further, the reputation of the Kenan-Flagler Business School and MAC Program are both highly regarded and provided me the opportunity to continue my education at the college I love.

Anna Concepcion

Anna Concepcion

On-Campus
Business Administration

Anna Concepcion

Anna Concepcion

Undergraduate Major: Business Administration
Undergraduate School: UNC-Chapel Hill
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Accounting Concentrations: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
I love working out and spending time with my family and friends. Between work and school I am always busy but I love traveling whenever I get the chance! I believe it is extremely important to give back and I love volunteering in my community whenever I can find the time. I can’t wait to get back to UNC and get back to work with VITA where I can combine my love of accounting with my passion for helping others.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I chose the MAC Program at UNC because I loved my time as an undergrad student at Kenan-Flagler and I wasn’t ready to leave! Kenan-Flagler has some of the most amazing faculty around and I knew the UNC MAC Program would set me up for a successful career in accounting and business in general.

Abigail Qiao

Abigail Qiao

On-Campus
Economics and Public Policy

Abigail Qiao

Abigail Qiao

Undergraduate Major: Economics and Public Policy
Undergraduate School: UNC-Chapel Hill
Hometown: Brentwood, TN
Accounting Concentrations: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Playing piano, traveling, going to concerts, volleyball, oil pastel painting, ice skating, and community service.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I chose the UNC MAC Program because it provides remarkable opportunities for career development such as their structured recruiting process. As a student who graduated from UNC Chapel Hill, I loved and am so excited to come back to the diverse and welcoming campus. With abundant recruiting and networking opportunities built into the schedule, there are great resources and possibilities. Most importantly, I chose the UNC MAC Program because it specifically caters towards those who were not undergraduate accounting majors and prepares students for the transition.

Claudia Martin

Claudia Martin

On-Campus
Psychology

Claudia Martin

Claudia Martin

Undergraduate Major: Psychology
Undergraduate School: UNC-Chapel Hill
Hometown: Hendersonville, NC
Accounting Concentrations: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Some of my hobbies include playing sand volleyball, hiking, and listening to True Crime Podcasts. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, I also picked up cooking and have become quite the foodie; I hope to try every restaurant on Franklin Street at least once before I graduate! I also love learning about astronomy and space; fun fact: I have watched Interstellar at least 15 times.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
In addition to pursuing my graduate studies at UNC, I also attended the university as an undergraduate student. For me, Carolina was the perfect balance of academic rigor and extracurriculars; having succeeded at UNC in my undergraduate career, I wanted to find a graduate program that offered the same university culture and an accelerated program format. Luckily, Kenan-Flagler had all of these things and more. In addition to the rigor of the program, Kenan-Flagler has continued to redeem itself as a notoriously successful business school! I am so proud to call myself a Double-Tar Heel, all thanks to the MAC Program.

Ben Robinson

Ben Robinson

On-Campus
Music

Ben Robinson

Ben Robinson

Undergraduate Major: Music
Undergraduate School: UNC-Chapel Hill
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Accounting Concentrations: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Music, Swimming, and Basketball.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I chose the MAC program because it was a wonderful opportunity to pursue accounting with a totally different background with no prior experience.

William Donovan

William Donovan

On-Campus
Economics

William Donovan

William Donovan

Undergraduate Major: Economics
Undergraduate School: UNC-Chapel Hill
Home state: Arizona
Accounting Concentrations: Financial Analysis & Reporting
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Baking, cooking, traveling, exercise, reading, going to the movies

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
Though there are a lot of reasons for my choice I suppose I will break it up into a couple of factors. Coming into the job search during COVID made me really uncomfortable and I was unsure how to achieve what I wanted out of the job search. I was a student at UNC-Chapel Hill and I began looking into one year masters programs available and stumbled upon the UNC MAC program’s on-campus format. Coming out of high school, I always was interested in accounting, however, the two schools I attended for undergrad did not offer accounting majors. Naturally, I decided to apply and once I was accepted I had done enough research to know I 100% had made the right choice for graduate school.

Tyler Ward

Tyler Ward

On-Campus
Information Science

Tyler Ward

Tyler Ward

Undergraduate Major: Information Science
Undergraduate School: UNC-Chapel Hill
Hometown: Hickory, NC
Accounting Concentrations: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Watching sports (particularly enjoy baseball), hanging out at the beach, travelling

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I chose the MAC Program at UNC for several reasons. The first is the caliber of school. KFBS is well-known and highly regarded. I have had the opportunity to meet several professors and know that I will learn so much from their experience. The second reason would be the ability to Major in something other than accounting. It was great to broaden my skills as an undergraduate, while also getting a quality education in accounting.

Scott Grant

Scott Grant

On-Campus
History and Education & International Development (IDST)

Scott Grant

Scott Grant

Undergraduate Major: History and Education & International Development (IDST)
Undergraduate School: Davidson College and UNC-Chapel Hill
Hometown: Burlington, NC
Accounting Concentrations: Financial Analysis & Reporting
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
In my free time, I enjoy playing poker, fishing, and volunteering. Some of my other hobbies include board games, hiking, and traveling.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
As a UNC undergraduate student who had taken courses in the business school, I knew that Kenan-Flagler provided the best community for me to grow as a person and leader during graduate school. The staff and faculty at Kenan-Flagler are excellent and genuinely care about the learning experiences of their students. Coming from an interdisciplinary background with no prior accounting experience, I was also attracted to the balance of structure and flexibility in the MAC Program curriculum.

Meredith Smith

Meredith Smith

On-Campus
Business Administration and Economics

Meredith Smith

Meredith Smith

Undergraduate Major: Business Administration and Economics
Undergraduate School: UNC-Chapel Hill
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Accounting Concentrations: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Some of my hobbies include going to Orange Theory, playing tennis, going to UNC basketball games, cooking, and spending time with friends and family!

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I chose the MAC Program at UNC because of my involvement in the MAC Mentorship Program and Undergraduate Accounting Program. The professors and faculty that I have been able to interact with so far have been so welcoming and willing to help students along their career journey!

Melody Zhuo

Melody Zhuo

On-Campus
Music Performance in Voice and Piano

Melody Zhuo

Melody Zhuo

Undergraduate Major: Music Performance in Voice and Piano
Undergraduate School: UNC-Chapel Hill
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Accounting Concentrations: Financial Analysis & Reporting
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
I like to sing, play the piano, and write poetry in my free time. I also love going to art events, attending performances, and being outdoors!

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I chose the MAC program at UNC because it offers the perfect combination of world-class accounting training and a hands-on approach that encourages collaborations through diversity. As a student from a non-traditional background, I knew I wanted to be a part of a versatile program that celebrates the diverse experiences students bring in and out of the classroom. UNC MAC does just that. The program’s dedication to helping students succeed and achieve their dreams also made me feel welcome from the get-go. Being a Tar Heel, I knew this was my dream place to be.

Matt McCullers

Matt McCullers

On-Campus
History, English

Matt McCullers

Matt McCullers

Undergraduate Major: History, English
Undergraduate School: UNC-Chapel Hill
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Accounting Concentrations: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Some things I love to do are playing basketball, running, playing guitar, bodysurfing, and routinely spending time with my family and friends in the area.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I chose the MAC program at UNC because it was the best way for me to restart my career. I wanted to shift towards a career like accounting that would allow me to properly utilize my analytical skills. Because the UNC MAC program is designed for non-accounting majors, the program made a lot of sense for me. More importantly, I knew a degree from Kenan-Flagler would be an incredible investment for me as I would be receiving both an education and experience from one of the best business schools in the nation.

Lexi Roberts

Lexi Roberts

On-Campus
Genetics

Lexi Roberts

Lexi Roberts

Undergraduate Major: Genetics
Undergraduate School: North Carolina State University
Hometown: High Point, NC
Accounting Concentrations: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
I consider myself to be somewhat of a coffee connoisseur so when I have the time you will probably find me at a local coffee shop trying something new and reading a book. Baking is also one of passions and I scroll Pinterest constantly looking for interesting recipes to try.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
Having grown up a Tar Heel fan my whole life and completing my undergraduate degree just a short drive down the road, ending up in Chapel Hill has always been in the cards for me. The MAC Program specifically drew me in due to the care and diligence that the staff and faculty have shown me from day one of even being interested in the program.

Kirby Ellis

Kirby Ellis

On-Campus
Business Administration

Kirby Ellis

Kirby Ellis

Undergraduate Major: Business Administration
Undergraduate School: UNC-Chapel Hill
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Accounting Concentrations: Financial Analysis & Reporting
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
In my free time I love doing anything outdoors, like going for walks, hiking, or camping. I also enjoy reading and listening to new music!

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I chose the UNC MAC program because I knew leaving undergrad that I wanted to pursue the Master of Accounting track after my previous internships in accounting. I decided to stay at UNC because I loved all of my professors from undergrad and saw their genuine interest in their students’ success.

John Spence

John Spence

On-Campus
Business Administration and Public Policy

John Spence

John Spence

Undergraduate Major: Business Administration and Public Policy
Undergraduate School: UNC-Chapel Hill
Hometown: Indian Trail, NC
Accounting Concentrations: Tax
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
I really enjoy watching sports, playing golf, reading, and cooking!

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I chose the UNC MAC program because I knew leaving undergrad that I wanted to pursue the Master of Accounting track after my previous internships in accounting. I decided to stay at UNC because I loved all of my professors from undergrad and saw their genuine interest in their students’ success.

Hunter DeSena

Hunter DeSena

On-Campus
Finance

Hunter DeSena

Hunter DeSena

Undergraduate Major: Finance
Undergraduate School: Maryville College
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Accounting Concentrations: Tax
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
I love working out and playing golf. In addition, I like to go hiking and just be active with my friends. Am not a stranger to craft breweries.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I chose the MAC program here because I believe I had something to contribute and that UNC had something valuable to offer. Students and faculty make the program what it is, and I was excited to be a part of that.

George Ellington

George Ellington

On-Campus
Economics

George Ellington

George Ellington

Undergraduate Major: Economics
Undergraduate School: UNC-Chapel Hill
Hometown: Burlington, NC
Accounting Concentrations: Financial Analysis & Reporting
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Tennis, Basketball, Reading, and Golf.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
My mentor guided me into the MAC at UNC after informing me of all the possible career outcomes that can develop from an experience such as this program. I fell in love with the campus during my four years of undergrad and wish to enjoy one last year after losing so much time due to COVID.

Emerson Porter

Emerson Porter

On-Campus
Business Administration

Emerson Porter

Emerson Porter

Undergraduate Major: Business Administration
Undergraduate School: UNC-Chapel Hill
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Accounting Concentrations: Financial Analysis & Reporting
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
I am a varsity track and field pole vaulter for UNC. When I am not in school or at practice I love reading (anything from self-help books to romance novels), hot yoga, taking long walks around Chapel Hill, and cooking.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
The MAC program at UNC was the perfect fit for the next step in my academic journey. After graduating from UNC with a degree in business administration, I was not certain I wanted to step into a job yet. Getting a Master’s in Accounting will provide me with a foundation for any career in business I choose. Additionally, UNC offers an incredible faculty and an extensive network of alumni that I believe will further propel me into the workforce after I graduate.

Daniel Millick

Daniel Millick

On-Campus
Biology

Daniel Millick

Daniel Millick

Undergraduate Major: Biology
Undergraduate School: Edinboro University
Hometown: Monaca, PA
Accounting Concentrations: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors through walking, hiking, and swimming. In addition, I occasionally play a round of golf (and sometimes don’t even embarrass myself while I’m doing it). I also fill out my spare time by weather spotting for the National Weather Service and plane spotting for my own enjoyment of aviation.

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I chose the UNC MAC program because of their experience turning non-accounting undergraduates like myself into leaders in the field. In addition, everyone I spoke to about the program, before and after applying, had good things to say about what Kenan-Flagler had to offer. And, having done my undergrad in snowy Edinboro, the promise of some milder winters didn’t hurt either.

Daniel Aiello

Daniel Aiello

On-Campus
Fashion and Textiles Management - Product Development

Daniel Aiello

Daniel Aiello

Undergraduate Major: Fashion and Textiles Management – Product Development
Undergraduate School: North Carolina State University
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Accounting Concentrations: Financial Analysis & Reporting
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Golfing, Rock Climbing, Hiking/Traveling, Volunteer Work, Cooking, Reading

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
UNC’s MAC program offers so much more than just an excellent education. It offers access to a vast network of professionals, as well as a commitment to building leaders and highly successful workers. As a student at UNC, I knew I would be surrounded by like minded, highly motivated people that all encourage each other to work harder to master their studies and be well prepared for their careers.

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