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Katelynn Stevens ’09
West Chester University
When Katelynn Stevens enrolled in West Chester University after graduating from a vocational high school in 2005, she knew that she wanted to major in business primarily for practical reasons.
“I thought there would be more job opportunities in business, so that’s why I chose to study it,” recalls Stevens of East Goshen Township, Chester County. “In my freshman year I was a finance major.” Although Stevens had not considered accounting as her focus, that soon changed.
“When I met Professor Galbraith, he convinced me to become an accounting major. He told me about the possibilities for job opportunities, so I took his advice and decided to switch.”
Her instincts paid off. In May, Stevens graduated with honors, and unlike many recent college graduates, she has already landed a full time accounting position. Stevens will start working for “Big 4” accounting firm, KPMG in Philadelphia in October. She interned with KPMG in her junior year and recently completed an internship with another regional accounting firm, SMART and Associates, LLP in Devon, Pa.
Stevens was an active member of the WCU Accounting Society and the National Association of Black Accountants. She also participated in events hosted by the Pennsylvania Institute for Certified Public Accountants (PICPA). Galbraith selected her to address the group at one of its “backpack to briefcase” events.
“As a teacher, Dr. Galbraith has been the best guide in my life,” notes Stevens, who plans to complete the certified public accounting (CPA) exams by November 2009. Stevens says she will concentrate on auditing in her accounting career partly because of her experience in Galbraith’s audit simulation course. “The audit simulation course was like the real world,” she notes. “We had to act as senior managers in a company and report to Dr. Galbraith every month. We learned so much from him.”
Another accounting professor, Kevin Flynn, also acted as a positive influence on her academic life. “Professor Flynn taught us so much in the Tax I and II courses. He taught us the fundamentals and he really helped me to improve my study habits.”
Stevens lives near the University with her parents and her two younger sisters. She won’t have much of a break before she starts her new job in the fall: her summer vacation plans include studying for the CPA exams.