Student Spotlight: Samantha Curtis
“LMU has been my dream school since I was in the sixth grade,” said Samantha “Sami” Curtis, a senior accounting major from Stockton, Calif. “I’ve always wanted to come to Los Angeles to advance my career and I liked that LMU was a small Jesuit school.”
Sami’s choice to major in accounting also proved to be a smart decision.
“Accounting pushes me every day to work harder and do my absolute best,” said Sami. “I knew the skillset I gained in accounting could open doors for many opportunities.”
Sami is taking full advantage of all LMU accounting has to offer. She most recently spent her summer as an intern in PwC’s assurance practice. She’s also participated in summer leadership programs at PwC, Frank, Rimerman + Co. and Green Hasson Janks.
Now entering her final year at LMU, Sami is preparing for her duties as the new president of the Accounting Society. She already has a short list of things she wants to accomplish.
“I am really going to encourage our members to participate in more service events,” said Sami. “I would also like to do a better job of helping our accounting students find their place at an accounting firm.”
In addition to the Accounting Society, Sami serves as vice president of philanthropy for the Alpha Chi Omega women’s sorority where she organizes events to raise awareness for victims of domestic violence. She’s also gaining leadership experience as supervisor for Malone Student Facilities and vice president of internal affairs for the LMU Student Booster Club.
Outside of LMU, Sami volunteers at the Alexandria House helping elementary students with their homework and playing with the younger children. She also enjoys golfing, dancing and hiking.
At last spring’s Accounting Society Banquet, Sami was recognized as the recipient of the Green Hills Memorial Park/Ray and Vivian Frew Accounting Scholarship.
“I am so grateful to the Frew Family for this incredible honor,” said Sami. “Their generosity and support of LMU accounting students is such an inspiration and really makes a difference.”
After graduating in May 2018, Sami plans to study for the CPA exam and start work in the fall. After a few years working at a firm, she’d like to go back to school to get her MBA or MSA. For now, she’s planning to enjoy every moment of her senior year because she knows it will go by fast.
“My experience as an accounting major at LMU has been wonderful,” said Sami. “The endless support from my professors and the relationships I’ve built with other accounting students and the accounting firms has made this a truly unforgettable experience.”