Most university students can justifiably claim to be busy, but Chelsea Heston gives new meaning to the word.
While pursuing a double major in accounting and finance at UW-Eau Claire, Heston has worked full time at Festival Foods and as a teaching assistant to associate professor of accounting Margaret Devine, in addition to participating in campus organizations such as Beta Alpha Psi, a professional accounting fraternity and honor society; business fraternity Beta Upsilon Sigma; the Student Accounting Society; the Institute of Management Accountants; and the Alpha Xi Delta fraternity. She also has participated in auditing service-learning projects and was a member of the university's financial aid program audit and review team. She worked two summers as an orientation assistant during UW-Eau Claire's freshman orientation program, and she performed during her first two years with the university's Wind Symphony and Symphony Band.
Heston considers an internship with professional services firm Ernst & Young to be among the highlights of her time at UW-Eau Claire. In January she will begin working for the firm's Minneapolis office as a staff auditor.
Future plans: I start my first "real" job at Ernst and Young's Minneapolis office on Jan. 3. In the next year, I would like to take the certified public accountant exam. My ultimate goal is to someday make partner at an accounting firm. I will have to stay at a firm for a long time in order to reach that goal.
What she liked most about her time at UW-Eau Claire: I really enjoyed being involved in campus organizations. It gave me the opportunity to meet so many people I would have never encountered in any of my classes. Another aspect I enjoyed was the small number of students in the majority of my classes. This allowed me to get to know the majority of the faculty that I took classes with and really enhanced my experience at UW-Eau Claire.
Highlights of life at UW-Eau Claire: Performing in the Wind Symphony and Symphony Band during my first two years, working two summers as an orientation assistant, serving as vice president of Beta Alpha Psi ? and getting an internship at Ernst and Young!
Proudest college accomplishments: I think my proudest accomplishment would be that I'm graduating a semester early magna cum laude despite working full time while being in college.
Advice for incoming students: Having a full college experience is not just about making the grades. It's also what you do while you're here. There are so many amazing organizations throughout every college on campus. The biggest mistake a student could make would be to just go to class. Get involved! Not only will it help you when you begin looking for a job, but it will make your experience at UW-Eau Claire so much better. Another piece of advice would be to get to know the faculty; they're not here only to teach. You can also learn so much more from them outside of the classroom. Go visit your professors during their office hours.
- UW-Eau Claire News Bureau