Sarah Hailey ('13) | Business Accounting
Extracurricular activities/organizations: Ko Jo Kai, CFO of Women in Business, LYNAY
Favorite courses: Even though I majored in accounting, I thoroughly enjoyed my marketing classes. I enjoyed researching about the different generations and ways marketing has changed throughout history. It’s so mind-boggling to think about how much we are affected by marketing and advertisements every day.
Biggest surprise about ACU: With ACU being a fairly small campus, students get the opportunity to make a name for themselves. It’s quite easy to get involved in extracurricular activities. The professors are here to genuinely help you and accelerate your rate to success. It’s so nice to be able to see an old teacher and have them ask you how your internship went last summer, or ask about that trip you took over Christmas break. You have the opportunity to personally know professors and listen to their stories and advice. You’ll find that many of our professors had incredible opportunities to explore their profession before coming here to share their knowledge.
Advice to incoming students: Put everything into ACU that you want to get out of it. Sometimes you get lucky and things just happen, but putting yourself out there and just being yourself will help you pave the path that you want to walk. You can’t base your walk off of someone else’s because college is the best opportunity to define yourself.
Why did you decide to come to ACU?
My entire family has attended ACU in the past, but I wasn’t originally planning on going here. My parents had a different idea about that. My dad picked me up from a tennis tournament in Abilene one day to visit campus, and I somehow fell in love. I fell in love with the people I met, the sites I saw, and the feeling of comfort I got just by being on this amazing campus.
How has ACU prepared you academically for your future?
ACU has not only taught me the accounting principles, but also how to carry myself in a professional manner. I feel that I have been equipped with the skills to enter into the business world with confidence.
How has your experience at ACU affected who you have become as a person?
ACU has taught me the importance of figuring out what I believe and how I can show that to other people. It has challenged me to find a deeper meaning and purpose when my faith is challenged. Being active in Women in Business has taught me how to juggle being a woman in the workforce and a woman of God as well.
What have you gained through your involvement with LYNAY?
I would consider LYNAY a large melting pot. LYNAY has allowed me not only to meet a lot of students that I probably would not have met otherwise, but also to meet a lot of people in the Abilene community and beyond. It has brought me out of my comfort circle and into a room full of strangers who quickly became friends. It has taught me the importance of listening to people’s stories. You’d be surprised what people go through to get to the point that they are at today, and you can learn that about someone just by listening.
What do you hope to do after graduation?
I have an audit internship with the accounting firm Whitley Penn in Dallas beginning in January 2014. After completing this, I will return to ACU in the fall of 2014 to continue my education in the Masters of Accounting program.