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Accounting Student Profiles

Eileen Kirsten Castañeda

 Many say that college years are the best years of your life, that and the fact that they are the fastest years. Those are both an understatement. I am now a senior at the University of New Haven but feel like it was just yesterday that I walked into my first college accounting class.

My name is Eileen Kirsten Castañeda, I am an Accounting major with a minor in Communications. When I first started at the University of New Haven, like any freshman, I was unsure of my surroundings and struggled to acclimate myself to my new routine. I slowly became involved in various organizations throughout campus and that helped me open up as well as meet new people.

For two years, I served as President of the Accounting Society on campus. As President, I successfully gained Campus Recognition for our organization, increased membership by 60%, and effectively utilized social networking to reach out to members, University Alumni, and network contacts. I am currently the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA) Campus Representative and the Becker Professional Education (BPE) Campus Ambassador. As Campus Representative for the CSCPA and the Campus Ambassador for BPE, I market both organizations and promote their products and program.

The curriculum of the University of New Haven's business school is both challenging and rewarding. What is even more is the personal attention from the faculty, Professor Mary Miller and Professor Michael Rolleri, especially. I cannot think of better examples. They show genuine care for their students' performance and are both strongly dedicated in helping their students excel. My tenure at the University of New Haven has not only developed me academically but also professionally. The relationships I have built with peers and the faculty are incomparable.

Aside from academics, I am concurrently interning with a Fortune 500 company, Thomson Reuters, in the Tax Department. I am learning and experiencing many aspects of the interpersonal and intercultural business world. Additionally, I have been able to apply knowledge from the classroom to on-hands experience. This opportunity has given me the knowledge, practice, and preparation to become a Financial Accountant.

Upon graduation, I plan to continue my studies to receive my MBA. I will also be interning with Ernst and Young in Stamford, CT in their FSO Tax Practice next summer. While in school, I plan to review and sit in for the Certified Public Accountant exam. My long-term goals include working my way up the public accounting ladder and ultimately going into corporate accounting.

The University of New Haven has opened so many doors for me in starting my career. I am grateful for all the opportunities and the quality of education I have received. I am proud to be charger!


Kulanith Jiaranai

My name is Kulanith Jiaranai. I'm an international student from Thailand. Prior to enrolling at University of New Haven, I went to Northwest College in Wyoming where I received my Associate Degree in Business. I transferred to UNH in the fall of 2010 to pursue a Bachelor degree in Accounting. Classes here are very small-sized where professors offer more personalized attention to students. Professors here are very generous and willing to help me in any way they can.

Professor Michael Rolleri and Mary Miller in Accounting Department have been very helpful to me not only in classes but also with my potential accounting career path, especially helping me with an internship opportunity. Currently, I'm interning at Friedberg, Smith & Co., P.C. as an audit/tax staff intern. Internship experience has made such an excellent contribution to my learning in accounting classes. Because I have received much help from my professors, my engagement with the University of New Haven has been such a smooth process. In the spring 2011, I won an American Society of Women Accountants Scholarship (ASWA) and was awarded the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA) Junior Award Scholarship.