Student Spotlight: Kate Blackwell
Senior accounting major Kate Blackwell is the type of student who professors dream of teaching and firms aspire to recruit. She’s a fast learner, a hard worker and a natural born leader who is eager to enter the accounting profession.
Go back a few years and Kate wasn’t always so confident about her future career. She switched her major from entrepreneurship to accounting after taking a financial accounting class. She remembers the class being extremely challenging but very rewarding, and it wasn’t long before she was hooked.
“It was the one class that challenged me to work harder than I thought I could, so when I did well I felt on top of the world,” said Kate. “My subsequent accounting classes were no different and my fascination with accounting has only grown.”
Kate gained important business skills by attending summer leadership conferences hosted by Deloitte, Ernst & Young and KPMG. She studied abroad in Spain during the fall of 2014 and made the Dean’s List the last five semesters. She’s a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority, the Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma and served as captain of the intramural basketball team. At the Accounting Society Banquet in April, Kate was awarded a Deloitte Scholarship as well as the Dreier Family Endowed Accounting Scholarship.
According to Kate, she’s been blessed with the opportunity to learn from the best professors at LMU – many of whom served as mentors and role models to her over the past few years. She’s also developed a strong bond with her accounting classmates.
“Because we’re a relatively small group in a very challenging major, I feel that most of us have the ‘we're in this together’ mentality, and therefore we all try to help each other when we can.”
Kate spent the summer working at Deloitte as an audit intern in her hometown of Seattle, Wash. After she graduates from LMU in May 2016, she hopes to continue working with the firm full-time.
“Accounting is a field that exposes you to so many facets of business, so I knew that it would produce great opportunities. From my conversations with accounting professionals, you can learn such a vast amount in a short period of time when working at a Big 4 firm, so I am extremely excited to enter that environment.”