December 20, 2018
Crystal Wojcik ’21 of Cheshire, Mass., arrived on campus as a psychology major, but a single business course she took as a core requirement, “Explorations in Business,” completely redirected her career trajectory. “I truly fell in love with accounting in that course. I immediately changed my major,” she said.
Now a business administration major with a minor in math and a concentration in accounting, Wojcik plans to work as a corporate accountant, with the ultimate goal of becoming the chief financial officer of a large investment bank.
She recently participated in the Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity Conference (NEURSCA) at SUNY Geneseo, where she presented her poster, which investigated the goals of various Federal Reserve chairpersons, and examined the state of the United States economy.
Wojcik is working with Dr. Chali Nondo, an associate professor of economics at MCLA, to prepare a research paper she wrote for his course, “Money, Banking, and Global Financial Markets,” for publication in the Metamorphosis Scholarly Journal.
As the treasurer for the College’s Student Activities Council (SAC), Wojcik oversees its large budget. Also an admissions ambassador, she gives tours of the campus, and works with prospective students. “I've learned some key data entry and budgeting skills that are helpful to me for accounting. Managing the budget is not always easy, but it’s always beneficial to me.”
Next semester, she will serve an internship where she will help to prepare and file tax returns for low-income individuals in the region. “By the time I graduate, I will be on track to take the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exam, and I will hopefully be able to obtain a CPA job right after college, as I need a few years of experience in public accounting before I can go into corporate accounting,” Wojcik said.