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Katie Staley"After internship experience with a Big Four Firm, a Fortune 500 Company and the Federal Government, I couldn't be happier with my choice to attend USD."

Katie Staley - Charter Oak, IA
Degree/Major: Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Accounting

Current Title: Audit Assistant at Deloitte

I originally came to USD for the business school, but I had no idea that the Beacom School of Business would turn into a home. On my first campus tour, I was shocked that a professor would take the time to sit down with a senior in high school. I have been blessed with the opportunity to develop personal and professional relationships with my instructors. Because of the faculty’s personal interest in the success of their students, USD will continue to be a leader in higher education.

The undergraduate business program provided me with more opportunities than I could have hoped for. I was fortunate to partake in four internships, which allowed me to gain real-world experience and grow as a young professional. During my internships, I found that my education matched, if not exceeded, the education of my peers. Not only am I am proud to have a high quality degree from an AACSB accredited school, but I am proud that my school allows me to have strong relationships with my professors.

My biggest recommendation is to get involved. Join a student organization, do some community service and find out what extracurriculars you can do to advance in your major. College is all about finding balance. There are so many ways to get involved and, chances are, there are many organizations that you will be passionate about.

Shane VanDeBerg"I chose USD because I knew I wanted to go into the business field and knew the Beacom School of Business offered one of the best educations out there."

Shane VanDeBerg - Garretson, SD
Degree/Major: Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Accounting

Current Title: Assurance Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers

My favorite part of USD was the size and atmosphere of the college. I felt that USD wasn’t too big or too small and the other students were very easy to interact with.

I was inspired to go into accounting because I enjoyed my first couple of accounting courses and knew that it was a very highly demanded field. I believed it would provide opportunities to choose a career path I desired.

I had the opportunity to take part in some great internship programs including working as an accounting intern at Raven Industries in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; working as an audit intern at KPMG in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and working as an assurance intern at PwC in Phoenix, Arizona.

My advice for students is to get out of your comfort zone. Students should become involved and be outgoing. Doing this and meeting as many people as possible will be almost as valuable to you as your education. With that being said, make sure you take care of the education side as well.

Carlye Williams"My advice is to join three types of organizations on campus: a major-related organization, a service organization, and a spiritual/wellness organization."

Carlye Williams - Madison, SD
Degree/Major: Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Accounting; Master of Professional Accountancy (M.P.A.)

Current Title: Assurance Associate at RSM US LLP

I chose to attend USD for two reasons. First, I really wanted to stay in South Dakota and attend a school with a strong business program. The Beacom School of Business is an AACSB accredited and recognized across the state of South Dakota as a successful business school. Second, I knew what to expect because I had already been exposed to the accounting program and faculty during high school when I attended the USD Summer Accounting Institute.

My most inspiring class during college was tax class with Professor Thomas Davies. Tax was not my favorite topic in college by a long shot, but Davies challenged me more than any other professor and made taxes interesting for his students through his jokes and real world examples.

My advice to students is to join three types of organizations on campus: a major-related organization, a service organization and a spiritual/wellness organization. Don’t just join these organizations but be an active member and participate in the activities of these groups. Each organization opens doors for future opportunities, creates friendships and makes you a well-rounded individual. I know that each of these organizations were a vital part to my life in college and have had a lasting impact on my life.