Lauren Collins graduated in May 2016 with a bachelor's degree in accounting and is pursuing her master's of accountancy degree.
What degree are you pursuing and why?
I am pursuing a master's degree in accountancy. When I first chose accounting, it was because I did well in the Principles of Accounting class as an undergraduate. Now that I have learned more about the profession, I realize that a career in accounting will continue to challenge me and provide me with opportunities to learn about a variety of different industries.
Why did you choose the Belk College of Business/UNC Charlotte?
I wish I could say that my choice to attend UNC Charlotte was a decision I made logically after careful research. But the truth is that the second I walked onto campus as a high school junior, I made up my mind. It just “clicked”. Luckily for me, my first instinct was the right one. Coming to UNC Charlotte is the best choice I have ever made.
What activities were you involved in when not working/studying?
I was really involved with Beta Alpha Psi, which is the accounting honor society. I held a couple different positions on the leadership team and I was lucky enough to serve as President my last semester. I loved getting to work with my fellow students and local professionals to build our skills and learn more about the accounting profession.
What has been the best part of your academic experience so far?
Last year, I had the opportunity to be a part of the UNC Charlotte team in the Deloitte tax competition. Working closely with Dr. Godfrey and Dr. Wiggins to learn about tax research was a great experience. My team worked on a realistic case and got to see what it is like to present tax strategy to a client.
How would you describe the Belk College of Business to someone who is thinking about applying?
The Belk College is the best place to grow as both a student and a professional. We are exposed to all areas of business while being challenged in our chosen major. The best part is the professors; they are our teachers but most importantly, they are our advisors. Everyone in the college wants to see you succeed in life and in your career.
What are your plans after graduation?
I hope to pass the last part of the CPA exam soon after graduation. After a couple months of traveling and relaxation, I will start working full time in October as an audit associate at Grant Thornton here in Charlotte.