Student Spotlight: Daniella Ryskina
At the Accounting Society Spring Banquet last April, Daniella Ryskina made her official debut as incoming president of the Accounting Society. As she stood at the podium in front of hundreds of accounting students, alumni, faculty and industry professionals, all eyes were on her. Daniella spoke with a confidence beyond her years and left everyone in the room convinced that this natural born leader is going places.
One glance at her resume and it’s evident she’s already accomplished a lot. Daniella spent the summer as an intern with KPMG in their Operations Risk Advisory Group. She gained additional professional experience as an intern with Armanino LLP in their International Tax Services Group, and worked as a student internal auditor with LMU and a financial management intern with Help the Children in Ukraine. Daniella has also participated in the Deloitte LA Summer Leadership Conference and Discover KPMG LA Leadership Program.
Now in her senior year with a perfect 4.0 GPA, Daniella is determined to make the most of her time at LMU before she graduates in May 2017 with double degrees in accounting and finance. Interestingly, she began her undergraduate studies at LMU solely as a finance major. Her interest in accounting wasn’t sparked until she took a “Financial Accounting” class with Professor Nancy Coster.
“Not only did I find myself truly immersed in the material, but the class periods flew by,” said Daniella. “One of the best feelings was when concepts began to finally click. I wanted to continue with classes that challenged me and encouraged me to think critically. This experience led me to declare a double major in accounting and finance.”
Daniella’s rigorous course load hasn’t prevented her from pursuing extracurricular activities. She’s a portfolio manager in the Student Investment Fund, a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, a presidential scholar in the LMU Honors Program and a finance & international business research assistant. As president of the Accounting Society, she is excited to work with the accounting faculty and her executive board on presenting accounting students with greater career opportunities and exposure to firms.
“Daniella is a focused and detail-oriented leader who is very passionate about accounting and the Accounting Society,” said Professor Meghna Singhvi, faculty moderator of the Accounting Society. “She is very dedicated to LMU and enjoys being a liaison between the students and the firms. I have no doubt she will do very well in the field of public accounting.”
“Being an accounting major at LMU has been one my most rewarding college experiences,” added Daniella. “The professors have become my second family, always encouraging me to perform to the best of my abilities, but also knowing when I need to be pushed in the right direction. I feel confident and prepared to start my career and am excited about what the future holds.”