When Amy Demers walked into the School of Accountancy, she immediately began experiencing what she came to value most – opportunities to flourish. Now a senior, the accounting major from Blair, Nebraska, believes those opportunities provide her with the best chance to succeed.
“The variety of opportunities available for students, and the faculty and staff who care about students are what makes Nebraska stand out,” said Demers. “I broadened my abilities through student organizations, professional networking events, education abroad trips, career expeditions and internships.”
Chances to travel provided Demers with experiences in a variety of cultures essential to working in modern business. The supplemental learning through travel enhanced her classroom instruction in ways she could not have anticipated.
“After being part of an audit case competition, I traveled to Deloitte's Chicago office to present in front of multiple partners. Through the CBA Honors Academy, I traveled to Kansas City and New York to tour businesses and network with professionals. We visited nonprofits and entrepreneurial start-ups as well as Big Four accounting firms and investment banks on Wall Street. I gained insights into industries my career may take me after graduation,” she said.
In 2016, Demers participated in a collaborative study abroad project. A group of students designed, delivered and implemented a new piece of technology to speed production timelines for a group of African entrepreneurs.
“I helped draft the business plan for implementing the new technology. We traveled to Kampala, Uganda, and it was amazing. Now I better understand how business operates in that part of the world,” she said.
Demers, who graduates in May, will work at Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas, where she interned the past two summers. She also plans to take the CPA exam.