Deanna Kristick

Grad School Spotlight – Deanna Kristick

Eller PDC Coordinator Alumni Stories, Student Stories

Deanna Kristick is an Eller alumna who majored in Accounting.  After graduating in May 2020, she decided to go on to get a Master of Science in Accounting at Grand Canyon University.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school?

I decided to go to graduate school because I needed the 150 credits for the CPA exams. I chose the Master of Accounting Program to help prepare myself for the CPA.

What has been the most challenging part of your experience? The most rewarding?

The most challenging part of my experience has been adapting to the online environment. I created a schedule to complete my assignments for the courses. I have always prioritized so the course work has not been the challenging part. By not seeing your classmates and friends on a daily basis, that can be challenging. The most rewarding part of my masters program is what I have taught myself. I was used to Eller where our teachers would post online lecture videos. In my masters program, I am given the textbook and rely on researching information if I am unsure where to start. This will help me when I work full-time to persevere and find a solution.

What do you hope to do after you complete the program?

After I complete the program, I will start with PwC as an Assurance Associate. I will have hoped to have taken a couple of my CPA exams by then.

What advice do you have for students looking to pursue the same advanced degree?

When researching schools, it can be overwhelming with the different application processes. Take time for yourself and find the best option to support you. It will be challenging with finding a balance, but it will be worth it at the finish line. Keep working hard and you will succeed. If you feel stressed, do not hesitate to ask for help. Good luck on your next endeavors.