Describe yourself: Ambitious, determined, joyous

Can't live without: Burt’s Bees chapstick

Favorite place at DePaul: The hills on The Quad. I can lay there for hours under the sun.

Favorite academic project: A project for one of my accounting courses, where we had to bake something for the entire class and make some sort of elevator speech about why you should invest in my cupcakes. Everyone really enjoyed the eating part.

Love going to school in Chicago because: Chicago is such an amazing city! The architecture is beautiful, there is always so much to do, opportunities to enhance your career are endless… Need I say more?

I've always wanted to: Go to Italy and practice my Italian

Thin crust or deep dish? Thin crust. My favorite restaurant at the moment is Pizza Capri.

Favorite quote: “Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.”
– Zig Ziglar

I've been involved with the Midwest Association of Hispanic Accountants (MAHA): Since my first year at DePaul. Even before attending DePaul, I had heard wonders about this organization and knew that this would be something I would definitely have to be a part of. It has taught me many things, but most importantly it has taught me how to enhance my skills in order to excel as a young professional.

Our MAHA team recently took the top prize: In the national accounting case competition for Hispanic students. Our team took the top prize in the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) – KPMG Case Study Competition, which consisted of a total of 28 teams. In this case competition, each team was assigned a corporation and given a unique accounting problem. We were required to assume the role of an audit team and present our findings to the audit committee, which was a panel of judges that consisted of KPMG partners and ALPFA members. We were also expected to examine the significant accounting policies and determine which ones were critical and could be a risk for the company. The moment we heard “DePaul University” called as first place we let out a loud scream!

When I first began to think about college and which major to choose: I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. I always performed well in school, but the only subject I truly enjoyed was math. It wasn’t until I took an accounting class my senior year of high school that I realized that I liked accounting and knew it could be the major for me. After I graduate, I plan to pursue a career in public accounting and begin studying for the CPA exam.

Most important thing I've learned so far in my major: Accounting's not just about numbers. When most people think about accountants, they only think about number-crunching machines that do your taxes, but accounting goes beyond that. Accountants do not just simply add and subtract numbers; they are essential to the business because they communicate all financial information to the shareholders and managers and help to ensure that firms are run efficiently.

Area of Study: Accounting
Graduation Date: June, 2013
Hometown: Addison, Illinois
High School: Addison Trail High School
Awards & Achievements:
  • 1st Place, KPMG ALPFA National Audit Case Study Competition
  • DePaul Scholar's Award
Campus Involvement:
Current Employment:
  • Accounting Administrative Assistant, American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)