Name: Rachel Chen
Hometown: Lake Tahoe, Nevada
MPA track: iMPA – Financial reporting and assurance (audit)
Class status: 4th year
Graduation date: May 2019
Why did you choose the MPA program?
It is one of the best programs in the country and it offers a unique education but also opens many doors in terms of career selection.
What do you look forward to most about your MPA experience?
The opportunities MPA and McCombs have to offer in terms of recruiting and preparing for the real world is something to look forward to. The program does a wonderful job grooming us into young professionals for exceptional jobs.
What led you to accounting?
I knew I wanted to do something in business but Accounting 311 with Steve Smith really pushed me towards pursuing a career in accounting.
What advice do you have for students interested in the MPA program?
Work hard but also remember to take in the whole college experience. Participate in activities and organizations that help build your network and personal connections.
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
On a nice day, the tables outside of Gregory Gym.
Where are your favorite places to go and favorite things to do in Austin?
I love hanging out on South Congress and any place that has good Tex Mex.