Department of Accountancy & Taxation

Student & Alumni Perspectives

Current Students & Ambassadors
Alumni Perspectives

Ambassadors

Phillip Arventakis
Jenny Fei
Hongfeng Li
Nhung (Sarah) Nguyen
Michele Tran
Huyen Trinh
Justin Wright
Huachun Yang
Yu Yang
April You
Alice Zhang
Pauline Zhu

 

 

Phillip Arvanetakis

My path into accounting began shortly after I joined Bauer for my undergraduate studies. I quickly learned it is a profession with great job opportunities and a strong foundation for business-related field.

I was, and still am, impressed by what the program and its faculty and staff have done for me. I learned more about the accounting profession than I imagined I would. I met many professionals at a variety of networking events, and I seized the opportunities available to me.

I chose to be an MSACCY Ambassador to give back to the program that has helped me. I want to share my experiences with students to help them learn from my successes, failures, and findings.

Bauer has helped me refine my technical, communication, and leadership skills, but it has also provided me with a family, and that is what makes Bauer awesome.

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Fatima Jiwani

Being in the heart of Houston, the University of Houston and specifically Bauer College of Business has provided unlimited opportunities to me. After finishing my undergraduate degree here, I didn’t think twice before applying into the MS Accountancy program. I have been inspired by the outstanding faculty and a diverse group of students. Bauer’s central Houston location has enabled me to experience 4 different internships with some of the best accounting firms and fortune 500 companies in Houston, all while going to school. Not many other schools can provide that to its students. The student organizations, such as Beta Alpha Psi, are also an integral part of transforming students into professionals. Overall, the experiences gained and the friendships made here are essentially responsible for my success not only as a professional but also as an individual.

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Hongfeng Li

Before joining the MSACCY program here at Bauer, I passed the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)—which is the IFRS framework equivalent of the CPA exam. That being said, I have to say that some of the courses offered in the Bauer MSACCY program have led me to new professional and practical heights. One of the most challenging courses I’ve ever taken was part of my MSACCY career here at UH. Looking back, I’ve realized they all empowered me in one way or another. Not to mention that there are so many amazing faculty and students around with whom I have had great interactions with—both in and outside of class. Many of them have become very good friends of mine while others acted as mentors.

Additionally, Bauer offers various on-campus job options which provide students with the opportunity to work closely with faculty. Being an instructional assistant is definitely one of the highlights of my time in Bauer. Not only because it allows me to view the coursework from both the professors’ and students’ perspectives but also because it greatly improves my communication and interpersonal skills which are equally important, if not more, than our accounting knowledge.

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Yanan Wang Liu

C. T. Bauer College of Business was my dream school since I was a junior in high school. The first school trip I took to University of Houston, I knew this was the place I wanted to pursue my higher education. After I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in accountancy last May, I decided to continue my MS Accountancy career at C. T. Bauer College of Business, because I knew my future would be in good hands.

The professors at C. T. Bauer College of Business go beyond the call of duty to help students academically and professionally. They are both resourceful and knowledgeable. I not only sought help academically, but I also took their advice on the accounting career path. Not only do the professors provide tremendous assistance, but my academic advisors also play important roles in my college life. They sat down with me every semester to discuss my degree plan and class schedule. Without them, I wouldn’t have properly balanced my life and school well enough to graduate on time.

The Rockwell Career Center helped when I was looking for an internship. My career advisor revised my resume and offered mock interviews to prepare me for the real world recruiting events. Additionally, participation in Beta Alpha Psi and the Accounting Society offered me opportunities for fellowship, leadership, recreation, and meaningful interaction with faculty, staff, and peers. While pursuing my MS Accountancy degree, I managed to maintain a well-balanced life and juggle academics, volunteer opportunities, and professional events.

The MS Accountancy program at the C.T. Bauer College of Business was the best choice I made. Go Coogs!

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Nhung (Sarah) Nguyen

Three years ago, I came to Bauer as a transfer undergraduate student and found myself lacking confidence. I am very grateful to Bauer College of Business for making me who I am today. As a result of my experiences at Bauer, I am now self-confident, have the courage and endurance to go for whatever goals I wish to achieve, and I have faith that I will continue to grow. Bauer distinguishes itself from other business colleges by offering unique experiences and perceptions. The diversity at Bauer has offered me the opportunity to get to know fellow students from different countries, cultures, and regions. These experiences have prepared me for the real world by providing a better view and understanding of various backgrounds.

The Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) program and their amazing team, consisting of great professors, academic advisors, and career advisors, provide students with various incredible opportunities. These opportunities include working with companies and local businesses on class projects, networking, assistance with editing resumes, mock interviews, and help in the search for internships or full-time employment. The excellent academic program has developed my technical skills, and the networking opportunities have improved my soft skills. Ultimately, the program is helping me prepare for a career with a Big Four accounting firm post-graduation.

I would say pursuing my undergraduate and graduate degree here has been one of the best decisions I have made. Bauer is literally Where Awesome Happens.

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Leeza Pavlyshyna

Having a solid technical knowledge of accounting principles makes a good accountant. To be a great accountant, people need to possess the ability to interpret the business implications of these principles and effectively communicate them to their clients. My goal for pursuing the Master of Science in Accountancy was to further develop my technical skills while mastering soft skills, such as networking and public speaking. By perfecting these soft skills and gaining technical expertise, I can pursue my ultimate goal: a successful career in Advisory.

When I first came to Bauer, I was amazed by the quality of the school’s professors. Not only do professors educate students academically, but they also guide students to become ethical and professional future leaders. I was also astounded by the extraordinary opportunities that Bauer provides students for networking with professionals. It has been an enormous privilege to meet individuals such as Sam Antar, former CFO of Crazy Eddie; Cathy Douglas, CAO of Anadarko Petroleum; and Greg Garland, CEO of Phillips 66. Through the Internal Audit Student Association, I have enjoyed attending IIA luncheons at the Petroleum Club Downtown while also attending multitudes of office visits with firms through Beta Alpha Psi.

To succeed in today’s complex markets, companies need advisors who are not only well spoken, reliable, and ethical, but those who possess the technical expertise to help them reach their full potential. A master’s degree from Bauer College of Business is allowing me to gain a deeper understanding of all aspects of accounting. At the graduate level, I am pursing the Assurance/Financial Reporting Certificate and the Oil and Gas Certificate.

The decision to pursue a Master of Science of Accountancy degree from C.T. Bauer College of Business has forever changed my life.

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Mrunalini Somasundaram Ramalingam

I never believed I would go back to school after obtaining my chartered accountancy (in India). Choosing to go to the C.T. Bauer College of Business for my master’s degree has been one of the best decisions of my life.

Bauer professors believe in making learning enjoyable. Some professors are former executive level accounting professionals who share their experiences, and these teachings cannot be found in any text book.

Through its diverse student population, engaging professors, exceptional career building programs, supportive staff, and excellent networking opportunities, Bauer provides a gateway to a successful global career.

Bauer is the first step of my global accounting career.

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Ziyang Ren

I worked in the international business field for a few years after I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in economics. Upon moving to Houston, I decided to better myself by pursuing a MS Accountancy degree because I had great interest in accounting. My research indicated that the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) program at Bauer would fit me best. Its systematic courses and trainings prepare students for the CPA exam and Rockwell Career Center provides a great variety of career resources and job searching services. Meanwhile, the MSACCY program enables me to take good care of my family while pursuing my degree because it offers most of its courses in the evenings.

During the past two semesters, I’ve had several opportunities to meet with numerous recruiters through opportunities provided by the Rockwell Career Center and the Department of Accountancy & Taxation. In addition to these recruitment events, students also interact with guest speakers from different industries and firms in class.

As a result of joining the MSACCY program, I’ve had some wonderful experiences and I really enjoy campus life.

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Noha Sahnoune

I chose Bauer for my undergraduate and graduate degree for one reason — the opportunity to attend one of the most diverse business schools in the nation that focuses on leadership, development, and growth of its students in every arena.

Bauer is unique, not only because of the rigor of coursework or high standards and expectations, but because of the community of students, professors, and alumni. Professors at Bauer are some of the finest in their respective industries, so every lesson throughout classes is supported by real-life experiences in the corporate world. Students are from virtually every corner of the globe, and a growing alumni base provides immense opportunities for mentorship, internships, and networking. The Masters of Accountancy Program is a testament to that.

Bauer is the place to be for a solid degree in business that competes against many other schools in the nation, with a number of Fortune 500s minutes away from campus. I wouldn't trade my experiences in Bauer for anything else, and as my journey continues, I look forward to giving back to the school that gave so much to me.

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Jennifer Wang

I have been a part of the Bauer family since Fall 2010, and I cannot believe how much I've grown since I started at Bauer. After completing my bachelor's in 2014, I continued on to study MSACCY at Bauer as part of the Professional Program in Accountancy (PPA). During my time here, I have participated in multiple prestigious business competitions, served as an officer in two Bauer organizations (Beta Alpha Psi and Bauer Ambassadors), and completed internships with three wonderful companies, all resulting in full time offers.

Whenever you reflect on your life, I am sure that there is always one decision that has affected your life more than others. For me, the decision that has stimulated my growth over the years is choosing to attend Bauer. Each day, I am even more certain that it was the wisest decision I have ever made because of the intelligent students and faculty that surround me, the way we celebrate each other’s success, the atmosphere that fosters growth and inspires us to be better versions of ourselves, and lastly, for the bountiful resources that transition students to the university setting and prepare students for careers after college.

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Yanshu (Jenny) Fei

After 4 years of experience as a flight attendant, I had explored more than 50 countries around the world. When I visited Houston, I liked this young and international city and realized it could be a great place to settle down and start a new chapter in my life. Though I did not have much of an accounting background, my friends recommended the MSACCY program due to career path opportunities after graduation. Fortunately, my passion and past experience convinced the committee to offer me a chance to be a cougar.

The beginning was a little tough, due to lack of experience and having been out of school for so long. However, MSACCY provided a systematic selection of basic courses to help me catch up quickly. I was also active in nearly every department and Beta Alpha Phi event, because I know networking is very important for my job search. As an ambassador, I like to meet new students who also come from different backgrounds and hope that my shared experience can help them.

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Thanh (Michele) Tran

As an international student, I have had an amazing journey at the C.T. Bauer College of Business. I’ve gained knowledge and experiences that will be invaluable once I begin the next chapter of my life as a professional accountant. The Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) program equipped me with solid accounting skills and has provided me with multiple job opportunities. Thanks to the various resources and the support from the MSACCY Program, I was fortunate enough to be offered a full time job with one of the Big Four firms and will start my career immediately after graduation.

I was inspired and encouraged every day by the dedicated professors at Bauer. Their devotion to the students is truly admirable. I will always appreciate and treasure the mentorships and valuable advices from all of my professors.

Looking back, there is no doubt that enrolling in Bauer’s MSACCY program was the best decision I have made for both my education and my future career. I’m very proud to be a Cougar and a student in MSACCY program.

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Huyen Trinh

Transferring to C. T. Bauer College of Business is the best decision that I have ever made. At Bauer I am able to enrich my knowledge through world-class education. In particular, professors in Department of Accountancy and Taxation have significant insight and experience to real-world applications of accounting concepts that they always bring to the classrooms. I have been inspired and taught much more beyond the textbooks. Moreover, Bauer offers many scholarships, so I can focus on my studies and development of soft skills without worrying about financial issues.

The moment I first stepped in Bauer, like any other students I was embraced by the dynamic environment and was also strongly encouraged by the statement from faculties and staffs: “We are here to help you to get the job.” Indeed, Bauer provides all resources necessary for me to figure out my passion and land my dream job. I have received great help from my advisor at Rockwell Career Services who prepares me thoroughly to impress employers, and my academic advisors who arrange a perfect class schedule to fit my goals. Being an active member in Beta Alpha Psi has expanded my professional network and allowed me to explore what I can do with my accounting major.

I want to pursue a career in tax because I love assisting people in abiding by complex tax codes while saving their tax money. I believe that the MSACCY and the Taxation Certificate along with plenty of opportunities to learn and grow at Bauer will well equip me for my future success as a tax advisor.

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Justin Wright

I received my BBA in Accounting prior to joining the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) program. Faced with the challenge of pursuing my Master’s degree while simultaneously working a full time job, I was looking for a program that would provide rigorous coursework and world class professors with a flexible schedule. The MSACCY program at the C.T. Bauer College of Business definitely fits the bill.

The MSACCY program has increased my overall knowledge of Accounting and has greatly expanded my understanding of business. The key differentiator of the Bauer MSACCY program is the emphasis on “soft skills”, emotional intelligence, and the ability to communicate which come together to ultimately determine the success of a businessperson. Moreover, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the amount of new and applicable information acquired through my studies.

The MSACCY program continually pairs meaningful learning experiences with real world applications. The program not only connects you with professors, who are leading experts in their respective fields, but also cultivates a community among fellow students, the experts and business leaders of the future. Bauer’s MSACCY program is the clear choice for anyone aspiring to become a professional accountant.

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Huachun (Cindy) Yang

After working as a project manager in Shanghai for eight years, I decided to come to the University of Houston (UH) as an MS Accountancy (MSACCY) student in 2016. I chose UH because of the diversity in the city but also on campus. Studying abroad was initially a challenge because I hadn’t been in a classroom setting in over 5 years and English is not my native language. However, Bauer proved to be an awesome place to start my graduate career.

Bauer provides a welcoming environment for students who want to excel academically. A large number of the faculty and lecturers come from prestigious organizations in the accounting and finance industries. They not only teach students accounting knowledge but also share their experience and encourage students to network with professionals.

In addition to my coursework, last year I held two part-time jobs and was also actively involved in two accounting student organizations. Now, I am an officer in Beta Alpha Psi. Additionally, I attend the MSACCY social events offered each semester. Social activities, student organizations, and my studies have expanded my accounting knowledge and sharpened communication skills.

I am proud to be a UH Cougar and an MSACCY student!

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Yu Yang

Bauer has been a big part of my life. I joined the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) program two years ago. The MSACCY program has helped me achieve academic excellence and professional growth and made me a person with better insights and self-confidence.

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I am receiving an outstanding education by being a part of the MSACCY program. That is one of the reasons I chose to complete my degree at Bauer College. The accounting faculty has distinguished academic backgrounds and takes an innovative approach to teaching. I’ve enjoyed each class and learned numerous things that I wouldn’t have learned from another program.

I am constantly inspired by the intelligent, motivated, and diverse group of students within the program. Bauer is one of the most diverse business schools in the United States. Being able to interact with people from different backgrounds has enabled me to develop a better understanding of international considerations.

I am grateful for all the opportunities Bauer’s MSACCY program has provided for me and enjoy sharing my experiences with new and prospective students.

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Sixiang (April) You

I am pursuing a Master’s in Accountancy at the C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston. I was previously a veterinary major and decided to switch my career to Accounting. While deciding where to study, I did a lot of research and found that I always heard great things about Bauer College from University of Houston alumni.

The professors in our college are equipped with a vast knowledge of accounting. Additionally, they have significant experience in industry, which better equips them to teach us how to apply accounting knowledge from the classroom to the real world.

The University of Houston is located in the center of Houston—the 4th largest city in the U.S. This location gives Bauer students excellent opportunities to establish good working relationships with industry professionals. Students in Bauer get many opportunities to be involved in potential employer’s events such as office visits, family events, career fairs, etc. More than90% of students have used campus resources to find their ultimate dream job.

After one year in the MS Accountancy program, I have decided to become an ambassador because I want to spread the good news about our college and encourage more students to join our family.

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Yu (Alice) Zhang

My decision to join Bauer's Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) program derived from my experience at the MSACCY Information Session in Fall 2015. I still remember the remarks MSACCY ambassadors shared about their wonderful studying life in Bauer’s MSACCY program with us. The ambassadors mentioned that they not only learned solid accounting knowledge, but also gained necessary business soft skills from the program — skills which prepare them well for potential employment. The most attractive part of the program for me is that it provides specific accounting tracks for students to focus on, such as taxation, assurance/financial reporting, etc.

Thankfully, I was accepted into the program for the Spring 2016 term. My usual campus routine at Bauer goes something like this: in the morning, I prepare for my evening class at the private studying room, reserved exclusively for Bauer graduate students; in the afternoon, I attend activities hosted by Bauer student organizations or career events hosted by Bauer’s MSACCY program; then, after a quick dinner, I go to class. I am truly enjoying my time at Bauer!

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Zhixiang (Pauline) Zhu

Coming from a non-accounting background, I spent a year in the Certificate in Accountancy Program (CAP), where I fell in love with tax. Currently, I am a second year Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) student pursuing a taxation certificate. With my passion for tax, I see opportunities, beyond black-and-white code sections, to help my clients save real money through creative and flexible tax structures. University of Houston (UH) is the perfect place to start a career in tax as the MSACCY program is staffed with awesome faculty members. I was able to explore different specialty areas in tax with national academic leaders, big four partners, and industry experts, who have shared their valuable experience with me, inspired me intellectually, helped me build my own network, and genuinely cared about my growth and success. I completed a tax internship with a Big 4 firm during summer of 2016 and I will join the firm as a full time associate after graduation in May 2017. Choosing the MSACCY program opened a door to a world full of challenges, opportunities, resources, and promises. I am proud of my accomplishments, none of which would have been possible had I not made this choice.

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