by Carrie Gilmour, recruitment assistant and webmaster
Xuan (Annie) Chen, a 4th year graduate of the Accounting and Financial Management program, is the recipient of the 2015 Departmental Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement.
The award is honoured to students who maintain a high average on the Dean’s Honour Roll list for the duration of their undergraduate academic career. They receive a signed certificate by the Dean and the Department Head, as well as a gift certificate to Retail Services.
The SAF had the opportunity to celebrate Annie’s success and asked her a few questions at the pre-convocation breakfast, held on The University Club patio.
Q: Describe your experience in the AFM program
A: Really long! I learned a lot over the years, not just academically but in life as well, and I’ve met so many people and made friends. It’s been a very rewarding experience.
Q: Name a highlight of your education
A: Convocation! Graduating after all these years. I’m very excited to graduate today!
Q: How has co-op given you an advantage in the workforce?
A: Having that experience before going into work full time gives you more confidence; knowing what to expect in a job (from your employer). Co-op compliments the learning we receive in class. That is one of the reason I chose this program and I’m happy I did.
Q: What does the departmental award mean to you?
A: My hard work has paid off. I’m pleased I could keep up my work ethic for four years. I’m happy my hard work shows.
Q: What are your immediate and long term career plans?
A: For my immediate career plans, I will be returning to Deloitte in the Audit sector. For long term, I might go into industry for financial reporting, or switch into taxation at Deloitte or pursue a PhD. I have lots of plans!
The School of Accounting and Finance wishes Annie all the best in the future!
By: Carrie Gilmour