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Business Bobcat Q&A: Maddie Berry

Friday, January 9 2015 12:00am

She's an Accounting and Business Pre-Law major, and has Bobcat Pride in her blood. Get to know senior Maddie Berry.

Name: Maddie Berry

Major(s): Accounting and Business Pre-Law

Minor(s) or Certificate(s): Finance

Class year: Senior

Why did you choose Ohio University? :

I chose Ohio University for various reasons. One of the main reasons that I chose Ohio University is because both of my parents went here. I’ve been visiting Athens since I was a kid, and I’ve always loved the feeling I get when I step on campus. There’s a feeling of community, positivity, and happiness that I haven’t sensed in many other places. I also chose Ohio University because I knew that the College of Business is held in high regard across the nation.

How did you choose your major(s)? :  

I chose to be an accounting major after taking the introduction class. I had Professor Freeland and she helped me to love the subject. The introduction class was the first class where I had to truly apply myself, and I think it helped me appreciate the challenge that accounting presented.

How has your involvement in student organizations/select programs (OUSEMG, Select Leaders, etc.) added to your education? :

My involvement in SOX 404 Business Fellows has really supplemented my accounting education while at Ohio University. As a member of the group, I helped complete an internal audit of Ohio University’s Foundation account. Through this program, I’ve come to understand the steps and processes involved in an audit. Not only has the group gotten the chance to interact with CPAs at Plante Moran, but also other high-achieving accounting students. This program has helped me grow my network as well as gain necessary accounting knowledge.

What experiences have you had with the College of Business Centers of Excellence?:

I have not been involved with any of the Centers of Excellence, but I know how great of programs they are. The opportunities that the Centers offer are unlimited, and the Centers help students to develop professionalism and soft skills needed in today’s workplace.

What kind of real-world experience did you get from your internship? :

During my internship at Deloitte, I came to realize how detailed and complicated audits really are. I completed work papers for cash flow, inventory, and accounts payable to name a few. I also experienced the planning phase for an audit and a discussion on high-risk areas for potential fraud.

If you studied abroad, where did you go and what did you learn from that opportunity? :

I was lucky enough to spend nine weeks studying abroad in Pécs, Hungary. While in Pécs, I completed real-life consulting for clients while working in teams of both Hungarian and American students. One of the most important lessons I learned while studying abroad was to be as adaptable as possible. One of my clients did not speak English, so I had to wait for the Hungarian students to translate. Being adaptable was also important while working in groups. The Hungarian culture is very different than American culture, which results in different team dynamics and communication styles. The ability to adapt and make the best of a situation became important quickly. I learned about business in Hungary, but I also learned about myself as well. It was a humbling experience living in Hungary, where there is still an air of communism. The people I met along the way were absolutely amazing, and I would do anything to go back again.

What is your favorite class in the College of Business? :

My favorite “class” in the College of Business is the Cluster. The Cluster is a great deal of work and is a very new experience, but it helps students grow as people. This is the first class where students are placed in groups for a longer period of time, and it helps build camaraderie. I became close with my group members as well as the entire class.

Which College of Business mentor/faculty/staff member has had a positive influence on your education? :

There are many professors that have had a positive influence on my education, but Dr. Yost has had the most influence. She was my professor for two accounting classes and is the advisor for SOX 404 Business Fellows. She is a tough professor that expects the best out of her students, but is always more than willing to help them excel. Her classes made me work hard, but I think that helped me to gain a better appreciation for the material afterwards. Dr. Yost always believed in me, and it means more than she probably knows. The fact that we have professors in the College of Business that care so much about students truly sets it apart from other schools.

How has your College of Business experience shaped you as a student? :

One of the biggest ways that my College of Business experience shaped me as a student is by making me more driven. I surrounded myself with other high-achieving students. This pushed me to work harder and to want to do well in school. The groups I became involved with also pushed me to become more professional by offering networking and leadership opportunities. The College of Business has definitely helped to shape me into the student and professional that I am today.

Do you feel prepared to enter the workforce?

Yes, I feel very prepared for the workforce. I think that the opportunities and groups that the College of Business offers sets up its students to succeed.

What are your career goals?

I plan on working for a Big 4 Accounting Firm for a while, and I hope to eventually work and live abroad.

Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus/in Athens? :

My favorite place to hang out in Athens is wherever my friends are because they’ll always make it a good time.

What do you and your friends do for fun on campus?

My friends and I like to go for hikes, watch movies, and socialize at the bars.

What is your favorite thing to eat on campus/in Athens?

My favorite place to eat in Athens is Zoe. They have amazing food and cocktails at fairly reasonable prices, and it just has a great atmosphere.

What do you like best about living in Athens?

My favorite part about living in Athens is running into people I know wherever I go. There is always a friendly face waiting around the corner.

Why should a prospective student consider Ohio University’s College of Business?

A prospective student should consider OHIO’s College of Business because there are so many great opportunities that the college offers. The fact that I could earn credit to be a consultant for businesses in Hungary, gain real life audit experience through SOX 404 Business Fellows, and have personal relationships with professors are just some of the reasons why I love the College of Business. All of the professors want you to succeed and are more than willing to help you do so. I also think that prospective students should consider the College of Business because it’s the perfect size. Most of my classes have around 30 students, which really allows professors get to know students individually and to provide one-on-one attention when needed.