Previous University: Ghana Baptist University College
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor's in Accounting
Q: What was your background before coming to Northeastern?
A: I attended Ghana Baptist University where I earned my undergraduate degree in accounting. After graduation, I worked with Societe Generale Ghana as a Universal Relationship Officer responsible for managing client loan portfolios. My undergraduate background in accounting, along with my work experience, sparked an interest in pursuing a further degree in accounting and business administration. When I discovered Northeastern's combined MS in Accounting/MBA program, it felt like the perfect fit. With this degree, I could deepen my accounting knowledge to include U.S. accounting practices and principles while gaining work experience at a leading firm through Northeastern's co-op program.
Q: Why did you choose to study at D'Amore-McKim?
A: I was inspired by Northeastern's unparalleled commitment to diversity and the existence of fellowships to aid promising young scholars with the Africa Access Scholarship. In the MSA/MBA program, the structured combination of classroom learning and on-the-job experience aligned perfectly with my career aspirations. The professors are industry-oriented practitioners with robust educational backgrounds. This experiential approach to learning was pivotal in my decision to study at D'Amore-McKim because the faculty not only serve as academic instructors but also provide invaluable real-world perspectives. The program's emphasis on merging theoretical and practical knowledge will equip me with the well-rounded expertise needed to succeed in the accounting field.
Q: How did the program prepare you for your corporate residency at Deloitte?
A: The program extensively prepared me for my corporate residency at Deloitte through its unparalleled blend of academic coursework and practical experience. In my accounting and auditing classes, we analyzed real-world case studies and worked on projects mimicking those we would encounter during our co-ops. This provided hands-on experience with the type of work expected in the field. I also had the opportunity to attend networking events and firm visits, which helped me establish connections and build my interpersonal skills. This gave me a helpful preview of what it looks like to be an employee.
Q: Could you describe your experience as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow?
A: One of the reasons I decided to attend Northeastern was because I knew it was a program where I would be accepted and included regardless of my background. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) fellowship works to cultivate a culture of belonging and serves as an essential connector of community and resources for students. DEI gave me the sense of community and belonging that I needed to be a successful student. It's all about giving a voice to students like me and ensuring they feel supported on campus. As a DEI fellow, I stand for and support a cause that I am passionate about and take steps to ensure that students feel included and safe at Northeastern.
Q: How has your time at Northeastern prepared you for your future professional career?
A: My time at Northeastern has prepared me immensely for my career. After completing my internship at Deloitte, I was offered a full-time position to return to after graduation. My time at Northeastern has helped me hone my interpersonal skills and become a better communicator—both are essential for career success. This program helps students develop their hard and soft skills and learn what it means to be a professional.
“On my first day, I was blown away by the variety of student backgrounds in my cohort. I benefit by asking my classmates for help and in turn, help them learn in areas where I am more comfortable and confident. Helping each other along the way has been hugely impactful for us all.” says Tarrah Price, MS in Accounting/MBA'23
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Business and Psychology
“Eventually, I want to hold a C-suite position where I can have a seat at the table to positively impact my community. Accounting is a company's backbone, so my degree will help me significantly in achieving my goals.” says Selah Malcoln, MS in Accounting/MBA'22
Undergraduate Degree: Business Administration and Psychology
“I wanted a fast-paced program that would offer me the quickest route to taking the CPA exam…I didn't see any other program offering networking with top accounting firms and a 15-month duration. So, for me, choosing D'Amore-McKim was a no-brainer.” says Patrick Gearin, MS in Accounting/MBA'22
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor's degree in Economics