Meet an MBA Student
Alison Landy ’13
- Beta Alpha Psi (accounting honor society)
- Accounting Society
- VITA Tax Program
Why did you choose your major?
After graduating with my B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Manhattan College, I decided I wanted to obtain my MBA. In order to become a certified public accountant (CPA), you need 150 credits. The MBA program offers a way to receive those credits while simultaneously earning a master’s degree.
What has been your favorite class?
My favorite class in the MBA program was Leadership and Organizational Behavior (MBAC 622) taught by Dr. Poonam Arora. It was a very interactive class in which we discussed cases about a variety of business leaders. Also the class offered students an opportunity to discover their strengths and weaknesses as leaders by completing a reflective best self exercise.
Have you done any internships?
During the past two years on summer and winter breaks, I have worked at Northeast Utilities in the revenue services department. I assisted with monthly close activities, prepared journal entries and balanced account reconciliations. It has been an invaluable experience where I was able to apply what I learned in the classroom to a Fortune 500 company’s financial analysis. The company has recently merged with another utility company and I was able to experience how a company of that magnitude handles that type of transition.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to sit for the CPA exam. I would love to work for an accounting firm.
Have any professors particularly influenced you?
Dr. Ahmed Goma has been one of the most influential professors I had at Manhattan College. He is the reason that I understand accounting. In addition, he is the type of person who goes above and beyond for all of his students. Also, he has encouraged me to participate in Beta Alpha Psi, which, under his supervision, has become a Superior Chapter at Manhattan College.
What’s your favorite thing about this major?
My favorite thing about the MBA program is the relationship I have built with my professors and my fellow peers. Also, I have been exposed to many different areas of business by taking a diverse array of classes. As an accounting major undergrad, I had a rigorous schedule that did not allow for many business electives. But the MBA program has broadened my horizons, and I have been exposed to all different business disciplines.
What’s the most difficult thing about this major?
The most difficult aspect of the MBA program is balancing the workload. However, learning how to manage my time is a very important skill that I have acquired, which I will be able to apply to any business environment.
What advice would you give to new students trying to select a major?
As an MBA student, I would advise students to look at the job market and see what jobs are in demand. It is important to follow the industry trends and try to predict what types of careers will be needed once you graduate. I think it is important to major in something you enjoy and something that will give you the tools you need to get a job. I would also encourage all students to participate in the Mentor Program and to utilize the Center for Career Development.