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Accounting Student Profile: Jane Chiavelli '18

Why did you originally choose to pursue an accounting degree?

I chose to be an accounting major because I liked the blend of using numbers and different concepts. I also liked how accounting gives you a foundation for all things business-related - you can really do anything with the major!

What’s one skill that you think has played a significant role in your success thus far?

I think my ability to ask for help has helped me be successful at W&L and in the accounting major thus far. I've learned quickly that it's okay not to understand something right away or that you're never going to know everything, even as a leader! I'm lucky to go to a place like W&L with intelligent and caring students, professors, and alumni, so leveraging my W&L network when I need help or assistance with an assignment or issue has helped me tremendously.

Outside of your accounting courses, what are you involved with (groups, organizations, athletics, etc.)?

I am captain of the Varsity Equestrian Team, president of Beta Alpha Psi, and president of Delta Society. I am also a lead class agent and a member of Money Matters and the Athletics Strategic Planning Task Force.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned at W&L?

I think the most important lesson I've learned at W&L is to get to know and learn from your peers! The reason I am in many of the organizations and leadership positions at W&L is because older students encouraged me to do so. When there were moments I didn't believe I was good enough to apply for leadership positions, others gave me the confidence that I was capable of being a quality leader and that I could make a difference during my time at W&L.

What are your goals after graduation?

I am planning on pursuing my masters in accounting after I graduate so I can sit for the CPA exam. I will be an intern at PwC in Charlotte next summer in their Assurance practice, and I want to pursue a career in audit long term.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I have loved taking classes with everyone in the accounting department! In particular, I am really lucky to have such strong and confident woman accounting professors at W&L who have been amazing mentors and role models.