When I visited Champlain for the first time, one of the first things the tour guide said was, 'You will never be a number.' Every teacher I had at Champlain still knows my name, and they want to know what's going on in my life. You are a person they actually care about, not a student who just shows up to class. I wanted to make bonds with my teachers, and at Champlain I made those bonds.
There is a very open atmosphere between the faculty and students, as well as students and students to help one another. I'm proud that I got involved in things going on around campus. I was the first first-year to work in the Accounting Lab, and I worked there all four years of college. Tutoring is really rewarding. Sitting beside a classmate, I might not have all the right answers, but I can help them, and they can help me. I can also see what my classmates are struggling with, and because I'm in the learning process, too, I can give my teachers feedback on their classes. I'm helping teachers get a better perspective on how their students are learning.
Jennifer graduated from the Accounting Program at Champlain in three years and having completed all four parts of the CPA Examination, Jennifer is a CPA Candidate. She works as an Audit Associate at KPMG. Jennifer, Accounting '13Walden, NY ROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
When I started looking at schools, I knew that I wanted to be in business. A family friend said that Champlain was a great business school with an excellent Accounting program. When I came to visit the campus, I fell in love. I wanted to be at a small school that was somewhat close to home, and I liked how my classes would be small in size. I loved the homey feeling in all the dorms and the view of the mountains from campus was gorgeous.
And the Accounting program itself has been fantastic. My advisor, Nicole Morris, was very instrumental in my success here at Champlain. From the first time I met her, she had a personal interest in my academic success and future career. She helped me decide to go for my CPA license, which would require an extra 30 credits to obtain starting in July 2014. I took classes every summer and extra credits during most semesters, and I am proud to say that I will be graduating with 150 credits I need, which would not have happened if my advisor was not up-to-date with what was going on in the accounting field. I think it's important to set goals for yourself right away, and my advisor and professors have helped me do that.
Over the last four years, I've had great experiences academically, professionally and personally. I'm quiet and shy, but through my internship experiences and class presentations, I have come out of my shell and am a more open and warm person.Angela, Accounting MajorDerby, VTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
When I was in high school, I liked video games, so I thought Game Programming would be cool. Champlain has a great Game Programming major, but after a few weeks, I realized it wasn't what I wanted to do. The College does a great job with the Upside-Down Curriculum, helping you realize if your major is right for you. I switched to being an undeclared business student, then into the Accounting program. Accounting came naturally to me and the program was a great fit.
Champlain also hosts career fairs and professional meet-and-greets, where the employers often mentioned that the Accounting students here are excellent. A lot of the firms contact the school for growth. Champlain's connections are pretty much the reason I have a job after graduation. Without the 150 credit hours for the CPA exams, getting a job seemed impossible.
Now, when I come back from Basic Training this summer, I'll have a full-time job while I start working to get my CPA certification. I think I'm well-prepared for it. What you learn academically is still very different from how you do taxes and audits in the real world, but I feel confident that Champlain prepared me.
Since graduation, William has been hired as an associate accountant at Davis & Hodgdon Associates. William, Accounting MajorMarblehead, MAROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
When looking at colleges, I knew I wanted to be in Vermont because I love snowboarding. I came to Accepted Students Day and fell in love with Champlain's campus. The College seemed to have everything I wanted, and once I started taking Accounting classes, I knew this was where I was supposed to be.
The faculty here have really been there for me. They're always available to answer any questions and they've given me a lot of opportunities: they've selected me for multiple awards, nominated me to be the accountant for The Lodge, and my faculty advisor has been really helpful with planning out how I can spend a year abroad and still reach the 150 credits I need to sit for the CPA exam.
Ultimately, I want to be the accountant for a ski resort, and my professors also helped me get an accounting internship at Sugarbush. I think that every job experience I get is definitely an advantage, but interning at Sugarbush shows that I'm not going into the ski industry blindly. I've already seen what it's like to work in an accounting department at a ski resort. By the time I graduate, I'll have gained even more experience, and I know I'll have all the tools I need to enter the field.Katelyn, Accounting MajorNew Hartford, CTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
I got a scholarship to come to the United States when I was 15, and I went to high school at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont. I decided on Champlain because I like the size of the school, and I heard they have a great accounting program. In Accounting, everything makes sense. To sit for the CPA exams, I added a Finance minor.
This summer I will have my third internship with one of the big four accounting firms in Boston and I've already started receiving my acceptance letters from graduate schools. Eventually I want to go home and help contribute to my country through the small businesses there.
Lawuo, Accounting majorGbarnga City, LiberiaDIVISON OF BUSINESS
I took two years of accounting in high school. I enjoyed the bookkeeping part of it and learning how it works. It gave me an idea of how an accountant works along with how someone does it personally. I just love working with numbers.
I transferred to Champlain from the Community College of Vermont (CCV) because of the Single Parents Program, and the Accounting program has been great. When I started college, I was very timid and shy. Now, I have no problems expressing my opinions in class and asserting myself. Champlain pushes you, in the best way, to be a good human. It teaches corporate responsibility and ethics, and I've really enjoyed that in my classes.
Ideally, I want to be a sole proprietor after getting my CPA, and I'm already getting experience doing other people's taxes through working with VITA, and I plan on getting an internship this summer. Champlain has been tremendous in enabling me to work toward my dream of being more than a retail worker.
Dawn, Accounting MajorBurlington, VTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Champlain seemed like an ideal school. When I was accepted and received a scholarship, it became even more of an option for me. After coming to Vermont for the first time for Accepted Students Day, I really loved it.
I started at Champlain as an undeclared Business student. Of all my business courses, I really enjoyed my accounting classes. They resonated with me because of where I went to high school (Maine School of Science and Mathematics). It seemed like a good career path, especially with the option to double major in Finance. After my first year, I declared a double major in Accounting and Finance.
Accounting and Finance tie into each other a lot. My classes are all specific to accounting and finance. They're math classes, and I love math, but they're more comprehensive and about understanding the numbers. And with summer courses and credit flexibility, I'll be able to graduate in four years rather than five.
A lot of people who graduated last year from the Accounting program worked in the Accounting Lab with me, and they had job offerings set up by second semester of their senior year. They were definitely prepared and had the opportunities to acquire those jobs. I am certain of myself and my capabilities, and I know I'll definitely be prepared for the job market after graduation, too.
Victoria, Accounting & Finance Double MajorHolden, MEROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
I have had wonderful experiences as an Accounting major in the Stiller School of Business. I've worked in the Math & Accounting Lab since my first year. I participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, where I was able to put my knowledge to use to help individuals in the Burlington community file their taxes. I'm also the Vice President of the Accounting Club.
Over the course of my time here, I've had two internships. My first internship was at Davis & Hodgdon Associate CPAs, and I'm currently interning at Green Mountain Concert Services (GMCS), where I'm responsible for putting payroll into QuickBooks, bank reconciliations and any other tasks that the CFO and other accountants need help with. I definitely think that the hands-on experience I've had at my internships will give me a competitive advantage because I've been exposed to the professional atmosphere.
I believe that my education and my experience here have transformed me from a student to a professional. The Stiller School of Business has brought real world examples into the classroom and has allowed me to learn about acceptable business practices in a more relaxed environment.
I strongly believe that, when I graduate, I'll be able to find a job in my field and be successful beginning my career. After graduation, I plan on pursuing a CPA license. I would love to work in public accounting, ideally for one of the Big Four firms, while studying for the exam.
Monica, Accounting MajorAddison, VTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
I enrolled into Champlain as an undeclared Business student, and I quickly discovered that my passion was in Accounting. By the end of my first year, I had declared a major, and the Accounting program is going really well. I like all my classes, and I enjoy the focus I have, specifically in my Intermediate Accounting class because we went in-depth with each aspect of financial accounting.
My favorite experience so far has been tutoring. Tutoring in the Math & Accounting Lab has been the most rewarding experience because not only do I get to help my peers, but I'm also learning, relearning and solidifying the content in my own mind. Some of these topics you can forget within a month or two, and when you're helping a first-year student do their financial accounting homework, while you've done it and know how to do it, it helps to relearn with the student through their own weaknesses. Hopefully, you help them develop strengths.
I feel confident that over the next year and a half, I'll be able to find a place for myself in the job market and hopefully begin my career while continuing my education. I can't wait to start working in the field of accounting.
Benjamin, Accounting MajorWilliston, VTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS