This semester The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School and its Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) program has partnered with the Ernst & Young Foundation to create the EY Accounting Ambassadors Program. The purpose of this program is to make accounting attractive, welcoming and a successful choice for under-represented students at UT. It has been an exciting experience to pilot the EY Accounting Ambassadors Program.
Navigating college is not an easy task. As a first-generation college student, most of the knowledge I have acquired has been by asking questions and exploring the resources and opportunities that are available on my own. I’ve had infinite support from my family but little guidance when it comes to major and career choices. As an Ambassador, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help someone who might be in a similar situation. I hope to serve as support for my mentees, sharing with them my knowledge and perspective about the MPA program and other degrees, the recruiting process, and extra-curricular involvement. I am also excited to have a mentor myself and learn how to be a successful employee as I transition into the corporate world.
Fostering a sense where minorities are embraced, our perspective is valued and our contributions are respected in the accounting profession is very motivating and fulfilling. The EY Accounting Ambassadors Program allows us to connect to professionals in the accounting industry and fellow students with similar traditions, culture, and backgrounds.
The EY Accounting Ambassadors program also emphasizes the importance of academics. I look forward to forming study groups with my fellow Ambassadors and our mentees, helping each other with homework and celebrating each other's accomplishments. To top it all off, there will be opportunities for financial support for the highest achieving members via EY Ambassador Tutors, incentive awards and an Ernst & Young Foundation Scholarship. There are so many components to it that make the EY Accounting Ambassadors such a great program, and I’m proud to be a part of it.