“They say if you do what you love, you will never have to
work a day in your life. My experiences at IUP have certainly proven this.
Thanks to remarkable faculty and student involvement at the Eberly College of Business
and IT, I have been encouraged to rise to the top, enabled to achieve my goals
through vast opportunities, and motivated to accomplish more than I ever
imagined. With the greatest accolades to them and sincerest appreciation, I
have transformed into a young business professional equipped to walk, talk, and
live the life I always envisioned for myself.
“My home is in Harmonsburg, Pennsylvania, where I was born
and raised as the second eldest among two brothers and one sister. Growing up,
my passions were school, dance, and gymnastics. I was part of the first class
of Conneaut Area Senior High and my graduating class’ salutatorian.
“My senior year of high school was dedicated to the ultimate
college search, in which I was accepted to 10 colleges and universities in
Pennsylvania. After careful
consideration, it became clear that only one university prevailed. While reflecting on my tour of IUP and
Eberly, the beautiful day that accompanied it, and the intuitive feeling I
experienced on campus, I realized that I had already accepted IUP as my second
home. Reinforcing my decision was the
reality that IUP offered unsurpassable value with many opportunities.
“As a first-generation college student with bright ambitions,
I focused first on my education and next on everything else that mattered most
to me. My freshman year concluded as a Business Honors student with a strong
academic record and the onset of a vibrant student life. I made it onto the IUP
Drill Team, accepted a work-study position in Eberly, and joined the Student
“During the remainder of my college years, I added management
information systems as a minor, became the senior vice president of the Student
Accounting Association, studied abroad in India on a 10-day excursion, and participated
in five public accounting leadership programs.
I completed a summer internship with the Big 4 firm
PricewaterhouseCoopers, which led to a permanent position on their audit staff.
Through summer and winter courses, I was able to complete the 150-credit CPA
exam requirement within four years.
“The Drill Team, IUP’s hip-hop dance team, has been a
dedicated activity of mine since my first semester at IUP. From a very young
age, I have been a passionate dancer, and being a member of this team enabled
me to continue performing while in college. We primarily perform during
halftime at the men’s and women’s basketball games, but the Drill Team can also
be seen at events such as IUP Day, Winter Warm-Up, Relay for Life, and the IUP
Homecoming Parade. I have shared song recommendations and choreography ideas,
as well as bringing a positive outlook to practices and my best effort to performances.
“Having been a member of the Drill Team for four years, I
realize how much this team has benefited me and just how much I will miss my
teammates when I graduate. This has been an exciting adventure. It improved my
confidence, sharpened my memory, further developed my dance skills, and taught
me even more about the importance of teamwork. Post-graduation, I look forward
to attending basketball games to support the team who contributed to making my
undergraduate experience special and fulfilling.
“College has taught me that the purpose of an undergraduate
education is greater than maintaining a high GPA. It is about new experiences
and ideas, discovering who you are, and fostering lifelong relationships.”
After graduation, Lisa started a full-time career with PwC
in Pittsburgh, Pa.