Welcome to the ShindelRock summer team, Brianna!
What are you doing during your internship at ShindelRock? What do you hope to come away with at the end of the summer?
During my summer internship I will be utilizing my 3 years of experience in Quickbooks programs and UltraTax. I am excited to learn how ShindelRock uses these programs within the firm. I want to deepen my understanding of various aspects in the accounting field. Public accounting has such a wide range of areas, and being familiar with bookkeeping and tax returns, I hope to get experience in auditing, tax projections and business valuation. I hope to finish this summer with more knowledge and confidence in my ability to adapt to situations that may arise in the field. I am beyond grateful for this amazing opportunity ShindelRock has presented to me.
What do you love about public accounting, what drew you to the profession and keeps you here?
To be honest, I never considered accounting, nor did I think I would love it the way I do. I would have to thank fate. Public accounting was appealing because it is more than merely being a “bean counter.” Once I found out the variety of areas within public accounting, I was hooked and determined to receive my CPA. What keeps me in the profession of accounting is something many people would not understand. Accounting relaxes me. It brings me pure joy and I have a genuine passion for the work. I can happily admit: I have found what I want to do for the rest of my life and enjoy doing it.
How did you choose ShindelRock, and what characteristics of a good place to work did you see in ShindelRock and the people?
Having the opportunity to be a part of the MICPA Student Champions led me to ShindelRock. I have interest working in the forensic accounting field. During an event, I had met ShindelRock’s Amanda Sayn and she allowed me to visit ShindelRock and shadow her throughout the day. The atmosphere at ShindelRock bleeds passion and support for everyone there. I chose ShindelRock because their employees are not a number to the firm, rather they are treated with the utmost respect. I felt welcomed the moment I walked through the doors.
What is your background, college and degree plans, etc.?
After 3.5 years in the Biology program at GVSU, I figured out that field was not the career path meant for me. Having a French minor, I decided to change my major to International Business. By doing so, I took my first ever financial accounting class: I loved it! At that moment I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I transferred to Ferris State University, which was the best decision I could have made for my future. I graduate in Fall 2019, and plan to prepare and pass the CPA very soon after.