I've observed that engineering and management are two technical fields that need someone to bridge the gap between them. That is what I want to do.
"What I loved about Bucknell when I was applying was the big school feel within a small school that had so many different opportunities. At some bigger schools you are involved in one activity, and that defines you. I wanted many different experiences in college. I applied into management, but I didn't know exactly what I wanted to study. Now, I'm an accounting & financial management major on the CPA track.
"I took a foundation seminar called Grand Challenges. We talked a lot about the intersections of different areas of study, but it all came back to engineering and management. I saw a huge disconnect between these amazing ideas that were imagined by my friends who were engineers and the profit-related skills of the management students. For me, having the skills to understand financial statements and general accounting is where I could add expertise. I've observed that engineering and management are two technical fields that need someone to bridge the gap between them. That is what I want to do.
"I participated in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Accounting Challenge, which was a case competition that emphasized consulting and accounting skills. The competition was geared toward management and STEM students. We were given a case and then had a week to present our proposal. It was an amazing experience to be able to bring my accounting knowledge, things I had learned in my sustainability class and elements of engineering to my team. I enjoyed being able to apply the things I was learning in class to something real. We were in the top five of 50 schools that made it to the national finals."
Sami is from Washington, Pa.
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