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Addison Crowley

Addison Crowley

On-Campus Format
Political Science and Management & Society

Addison Crowley

Addison Crowley

Undergraduate Major: Political Science and Management & Society
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Kannapolis, NC
Accounting Concentration: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Some of my hobbies include reading and playing recreational sports.

Why did you choose UNC?
I chose the MAC Program because I was involved with the mentorship program since my Sophomore year at UNC. It allowed me to see a new side to the accounting profession and let me meet people and see that it was something I could see myself doing.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
A skill I took from my undergrad major into accounting is understanding the qualitative data and not just focusing on quantitative data. I believe this is important because there is much more to accounting than just numbers.

Brendan Dillingham

Brandon Dillingham

On-Campus Format
Economics & Global Studies

Brandon Dillingham

Brendan Dillingham

Undergraduate Major: Economics & Global Studies
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Accounting Concentration: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Running, baking (especially bread), wood-working, rock climbing, and reading.

Why did you choose UNC?
I chose the MAC Program because I was involved with the mentorship program since my Sophomore year at UNC. It allowed me to see a new side to the accounting profession and let me meet people and see that it was something I could see myself doing.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
A skill I took from my undergrad major into accounting is understanding the qualitative data and not just focusing on quantitative data. I believe this is important because there is much more to accounting than just numbers.

David Flynn

David Flynn

On-Campus Format
Interpersonal & Organizational Communication

David Flynn

David Flynn

Undergraduate Major: Interpersonal & Organizational Communication
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Wayland, Massachusetts
Accounting Concentration: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Some of my hobbies include skiing, soccer, cars, and karaoke.

Why did you choose UNC?
I thought UNC would be a great place to start when searching for a Masters in Accounting program: I had nothing but positive experiences with fellow colleagues and faculty during my undergrad here (Go Heels!).

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
One major skill that I took from my undergrad major (Interpersonal and Organizational Communications) that transferred into accounting was the public speaking and presentation skills that I achieved while at UNC during my undergrad studies: Although technical skills are vital in accounting, it is also imperative that one utilizes proper communication in a team-oriented and client-facing environment.

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.

Cameron Kass

Cameron Kass

On-Campus Format
Mathematics

Cameron Kass

Cameron Kass

Undergraduate Major: Mathematics
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Durham, NC
Accounting Concentration: Financial Analysis & Reporting
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Guitar, golf, and connoisseur of craft beverages.

Why did you choose UNC?
It wasn’t until my last semester of undergrad that I realized I wanted to pursue a career in accounting. Yet, as I scoured LinkedIn for entry-level positions in accounting, I was dismayed to find that my degree in mathematics just wasn’t enough. The MAC Program at UNC promised not only the accounting expertise I would need to start my career, but a virtual guarantee that I would secure a job by the time I graduate from the program. So, in February 2020 I set out to craft the best possible application to the MAC Program that I could submit, and I haven’t looked back since!

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
Critical thinking is absolutely the number one skill that I brought from my undergraduate major in mathematics into accounting. When you study mathematics, especially at higher levels, you learn how to construct and evaluate arguments involving several layers of abstraction. In order to do this well, asking the important questions has to become second nature to you. Sometimes without even realizing it, I’ll ask myself, “Why is this the way that it is?” Or, “How are the fundamental concepts we’re working with defined?” This has led me to feel that I’ve gotten a strong grasp of basic accounting principles only a few weeks into the program.

JaeKon Lee

Jaekon (James) Lee

On-Campus Format
Economics and Molecular & Cellular Biology

Jaekon (James) Lee

JaeKon Lee

Undergraduate Major: Economics and Molecular & Cellular Biology
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL
Accounting Concentration: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Some of my hobbies include playing tennis, softball, running, reading, and playing the guitar.

Why did you choose UNC?
I chose the MAC Program at UNC because it’s designed for students who, like myself, don’t have the traditional background in accounting. Another key factor was the great alumni network and the excellent reputation of the program and the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
From my background in science and economics, my analytical skills is an essential tool that I use in accounting. It’s not just useful when working with the raw data, but the ability to formulate an independent judgement and decision is very handy in accounting.

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.

Conor Lundy

Conor Lundy

On-Campus Format
Politics

Conor Lundy

Conor Lundy

Undergraduate Major: Politics
Undergraduate School: Princeton University
Hometown: Bronxville, NY
Accounting Concentration: Financial Analysis & Reporting
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Some of my hobbies include running, fishing, reading, and watching sports (baseball, hockey, football etc.).

Why did you choose UNC?
I chose the MAC program at UNC because accounting is a crucial skill in the business world. UNC prepares its students to be effective leaders in accounting and in business generally, and their job placement reputation is second to none.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
Understanding the value of proper procedure, working dynamically in groups to tackle complex problems, and multitasking effectively.

Lauren MacPherson

Lauren MacPherson

On-Campus Format
Business Administration

Lauren MacPherson

Lauren MacPherson

Undergraduate Major: Business Administration
Undergraduate School: UNC Greensboro
Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Accounting Concentration: Tax
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy spending my free time traveling, singing, dancing, and sewing. I also enjoy visiting friends and family.

Why did you choose UNC?
There are a couple reasons I chose the MAC Program at UNC. The accelerated nature of the program, structured recruiting, and the reputation of UNC and the MAC Program, were the initial aspects I found appealing. During the admissions process, I experienced genuine care and support from the staff. I felt like a part of the family before I even received my acceptance. This experience truly sealed the deal for me.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
A skill I brought from my undergraduate major into accounting is organization and time management. The MAC Program at UNC is fast paced and these skills help me manage the studying the course content and completing assignments in a timely manner.

Taylor Pulyer

Taylor Pulyer

On-Campus Format
Economics

Taylor Pulyer

Taylor Pulyer

Undergraduate Major: Economics
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Accounting Concentration: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
In my free time I love to dance, write, play video games, watch UNC sports (Go Heels!), work on my photography, and travel whenever possible!

Why did you choose UNC?
In addition to being one of the top ranked Masters of Accounting programs in the country, I truly believe that the amazing community of students and faculty solidified my decision to attend UNC. Between Professors who care about the achievements and well-being on their students and peers who are supportive and willing to lend a helping hand, I feel like I can prepare successfully for a career in accounting.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
Analyzing data in order to help businesses make financial decisions and plan for the future. Economics often focuses on the decision-making involved with finance and resources. This translates well to accounting as we track the flow of money for businesses or individuals.

Lily Skopp

Lily Skopp

On-Campus Format
Business Journalism

Lily Skopp

Lily Skopp

Undergraduate Major: Business Journalism
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Parkland, FL
Accounting Concentration: Tax
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
I love to volunteer. I have been working at a food bank, Heavenly Groceries, since my freshman year at UNC — with no plans to stop. I also work with homeless individuals in the Triangle through the Community Empowerment Fund (CEF). Through my work at CEF, I help individuals complete tax returns, find housing and employment, and apply for grants subsidies, loans, etc. I am really passionate about volunteering and plan to continue while I am in MAC (ex: VITA).

Why did you choose UNC?
I have always wanted to become a lawyer and through my undergraduate study, I began to look more into corporate law. While thinking about what kind of law I wanted to pursue, I began to volunteer at the Community Empowerment Fund. Through this organization, I was able to help homeless individuals file their taxes. I not only loved the feeling I got from helping others but I also loved working with tax. I decided to do more research on tax law, and through talking to some tax lawyers, I was advised to take as many tax and accounting classes as possible. That’s when I found out that I could graduate UNC undergrad a year early and enroll in the MAC program. The rest is history.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
As a Business Journalism major, I think one of the best things I can apply to the MAC program is my ability to communicate complicated topics in a simple manner.

Kensley Sutton

Kensley Sutton

On-Campus Format
Business Administration

Kensley Sutton

Kensley Sutton

Undergraduate Major: Business Administration
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Clinton, NC
Accounting Concentration: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
I am avid fan of Tar Heel athletics and I also love to paint, visit the beach, and spend time with family and friends!

Why did you choose UNC?
I knew from a very young age I wanted to attend college at UNC. Once my journey began, I set a goal to be accepted into the business school and I am extremely grateful that I did. KFBS has been an integral part of my undergraduate career at UNC. My personality matches perfectly with the culture of the school, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take on this next phase of my career journey at a place that means so much to me and has given me so much already. Before applying, I was exposed to the Master of Accounting (MAC) program through my participation in the mentorship program and felt I was already a part of the family. I have enjoyed the connections and relationships I have established and look forward to continuing to build upon them. Being a part of this program will prepare me to excel in my role at EY and pass the CPA exam. I am confident that with a MAC degree from UNC the possibilities are endless and I will be positioned to excel no matter which path I choose.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
I am currently midway through my internship with EY and I have found quite a few skills that I gained or improved upon during my undergraduate career to be beneficial in my work. The one that first comes to mind is my excel skills. I used excel before coming to college but was not proficient in it and had no idea what capabilities it had. I took BUSI 520 with Travis Day my junior year and it is one of the most beneficial classes I took during undergrad. I have utilized those skills over the past two years in my schoolwork, but especially this summer working with EY. Being familiar with excel and all of its functions is greatly beneficial in the accounting field. Excel was designed to support accounting functions but if you know it well, it can not only make your job easier but it will make you more efficient, keep you organized, and so on.

Jason Troutman

Jason Troutman

On-Campus Format
Sports Administration and Communications

Jason Troutman

Jason Troutman

Undergraduate Major: Sports Administration and Communications
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Rockwell, NC
Accounting Concentration: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy running, playing volleyball, traveling, or completing the New York Times Mini Crossword.

Why did you choose UNC?
I chose the MAC Program at UNC because it focuses on taking non-accounting majors and transforming them into successful accountants in the matter of a year. It has a prestigious reputation, a strong alumni network, and a well-organized structured recruiting process that helps reduce the stress of the job search process.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
The Sports Administration major at UNC prepared me with teamwork experiences that are fundamental to the accounting profession.

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.

Caleb Wagner

Caleb Wagner

On-Campus Format
Music

Caleb Wagner

Caleb Wagner

Undergraduate Major: Music
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Accounting Concentration: Tax
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Among other things, I enjoy playing basketball, running, playing cello, hiking, baking homemade brownies, and hanging out with friends.

Why did you choose UNC?
UNC was always my dream school, and I was interested in pursuing an accounting career because I like working with numbers and am a detail-oriented, analytical person. As a result, the MAC program made perfect sense for me. I loved that I could come into the program with a non-accounting/business background, and I believed that the program would provide an excellent foundation for me as I began my accounting career.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
As a music major in undergrad, excelling as a student and performer required a tremendous amount of attention to detail. Whether I was analyzing a melody in my music theory class, practicing a difficult piece of music for orchestra, or preparing for a solo recital, I had to pay close attention to the nitty-gritty details of those projects. I believe my attention to detail will serve me well in many areas of accounting, such as analyzing a financial statement or preparing a complicated tax return.

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