Name: Kaelyn Scoville
Hometown: Burleson, TX
MPA track: Financial Reporting and Assurance
Class status: Graduate Student (5th Year)
Graduation date: Fall 2017
Why did you choose the MPA program?
Coming into college, I knew that I wanted to pursue accounting, and MPA has an incredible reputation with the best professors and countless chances to network.
What do you look forward to most about your MPA experience?
I have really enjoyed connecting with all of my peers in MPA. We spend so much time together that we’re kind of like a family. The support from professors, advisors, and other students is unparalleled, and I look forward to keeping in touch with everyone as we start our careers.
What have you been doing since you received your undergraduate degree?
I received my undergraduate degree this spring, and since then, I have been working on completing my CPA. I have passed both FAR and BEC and will take REG and AUD in these next coming months while finishing my Masters.
What led you to accounting?
I come from a family of engineers, and I wanted to be different. When I found out I got into McCombs, I became set on MPA because of its incredible reputation and career opportunities.
What advice do you have for students interested in the MPA program?
If you’re interested, definitely apply, even if you are not an accounting major. I had plenty of friends change to accounting. I think it’s also a common misconception that if you pursue MPA, you go straight into tax or audit. While most students do go down this path, the career opportunities are endless with MPA.
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
Chick-Fil-A, conveniently located in the SAC, a short 2-minute walk from McCombs. Just kidding, probably the BBA Program Office where I work.
Where are your favorite places to go and favorite things to do in Austin?
I love going to coffee shops and meeting new people! 4 years later and I swear I still haven’t been to half of the coffee shops Austin has to offer.