About Denisse

Hometown: Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico   
Current Position: Audit associate, PwC 
Previous University: University of the Incarnate World  
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor's degree in accounting   
Q: Why did you decide to pursue a master's in accounting?   

A: I switched majors in college a few times but ultimately settled on accounting. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I wanted to do more. One of the biggest reasons I wanted to pursue a Master's in Accounting was for my self-development and fulfillment. I wanted to have that accomplishment and achievement to point to.  

Q: Why did you choose D'Amore-McKim?  

A: After considering graduate programs, I chose D'Amore-McKim because of the benefits I could get in such a short time. I knew that I wanted my CPA, and by completing this master's program, I could earn the credit hours I needed to sit for the exam.   

I was impressed by the alumni and what they were able to achieve after graduating from this program. The D'Amore-McKim alums I spoke with or read about had great job opportunities, careers at places I wanted to be, and roles I could see myself in. I chose D'Amore-McKim because if this program is preparing them to be where they are, this is where I need to be.  

Q: How did your degree help you find success in your current position?

A: I accepted a full-time offer as an audit associate at PwC during the program and began working there in January. The Graduate School of Professional Accounting (GSPA) faculty and career resources were extremely valuable in helping me land my role. They were supportive and wanted to see me succeed. They helped me build my resumé, get it out to potential employers, and set me up with mock interviews so I could gain practical experience in handling an interview confidently. I also developed many soft skills like teamwork and public speaking, making me a well-rounded professional.     

Q: What was your biggest challenge during the program, and how did you overcome it?   

A: Adjusting to Boston was difficult. When I first arrived at Northeastern, I knew it would be challenging to balance the rigorous nature of the program with my responsibilities in everyday life. In response, I developed my time management skills and rose to the challenge. The faculty here are compassionate and supported me throughout the program. I will carry the skills that helped me succeed in this program to my position at PwC. 

Q: What advice do you have for future students? 

A: My best advice for new students is to keep an open mind and take things as they come. You might not know the answer to every question or feel confident all the time, but that's ok. Take advantage of your resources. Everyone at D'Amore-McKim is so helpful. Work with your peers and build relationships, because everyone in this program wants to see you succeed. 

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