Hello, my name is Kyle Vasey and I am a senior majoring in accounting here at the Eller College of Management. I will be graduating in May and it is hard to believe that just four short years ago, I walked onto the Arizona campus as a naïve and inexperienced freshman. Time has truly flown by, but along the way I have had the opportunity to be involved in a variety of organizations that have greatly enriched my college experience. These opportunities have helped shape the person I am today and have built a solid foundation as I begin my career.
For the past four years, I have had the privilege of being a student manager for the Arizona men’s basketball team. This amazing opportunity has allowed me a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make a multi-million dollar organization, such as Arizona basketball, operate on a daily basis.
Beyond basketball, I have always looked to be involved in a variety of different ways on the Arizona campus. For almost four years, I was employed as a facility supervisor at the University of Arizona Student Rec Center. In addition, I have held memberships in Beta Alpha Psi (accounting fraternity) and the Sports Marketing Association (SMA) as well as volunteered in Eller Make a Difference Day and Cats for the Community. For me, it is of the utmost importance to be heavily involved as I believe it is the best way to gain experience, develop personal relationships, and foster career skills that will benefit me down the road.
Currently, I am employed at the local accounting firm HBL CPA’s as an audit intern. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at HBL as I have been able to gain real-world experience in the field of accounting and actually apply what I have learned in the classroom. I am hopeful to expand upon this experience when I begin an internship at the accounting firm, Grant Thornton, for the summer of 2014 in Phoenix. In this internship, I will be working in the exciting field of forensic accounting. This position will allow me the tremendous opportunity of coupling my accounting knowledge with investigative skills in various litigation support settings. I am thrilled about this internship as I will be able to utilize my accounting skills and financial knowledge to aid the legal system.
My biggest recommendation for any student at Arizona is to get involved in something you are truly passionate about. College is so much more than simply going to class, taking exams, and receiving a degree. I firmly believe that involvement will give you the most fulfilling college experience as you will be able to develop long-lasting relationships and gain experience that will take you so much farther than what you learn in the classroom.