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Jessica B., McCombs School of Business, MPA Program

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Jessica B., McCombs School of Business, MPA ProgramI can’t think of a more exciting — or necessary — profession to be in right now than accounting. Accountants are charged with the responsibility of providing oversight and auditing to help prevent future financial crises like we’ve seen over the past year.

I’ve just earned my MPA from the McCombs School of Business, and I’m confident this will help me make a difference in the world. I’m also grateful for the support of alumni and friends like you who have helped me succeed at UT.

I chose the McCombs MPA program not only because it’s ranked No. 1 in the nation but also because of the European Double Degree Program, which I was privileged enough to be a part of this past year.

Since September 2008, I’ve been studying in France, where I’ve earned my degree from McCombs, and I’m completing my master’s in management from ESCP-EAP European School of Management, Paris. This experience has prepared me for international accounting practices, and it has also broadened my worldview by introducing me to students from cultures as diverse as France, China, and India.

I was able to study abroad in this program thanks to three separate scholarships. But the great thing about giving back to UT is that you don’t have to fund a scholarship to change a student’s life. Gifts of all sizes help the MPA program grow stronger and support the following priorities:

  • Sending students to valuable conferences where we can get firsthand information from experienced professionals.
  • Supporting the Governor’s Volunteer award-winning accounting practicum course, which prepares 400-plus student volunteers for more than 20,000 hours of free tax preparation to low-income families.
  • Retaining faculty like Professor William R. Kinney Jr., who serves on the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, where he can influence business and management thought, practice, and policy.

There’s no way I could have participated in the European Double Degree Program if it weren’t for the support of alumni and friends. Change an MPA student’s life and make your gift online today. Thank you for supporting the McCombs Annual Giving Program — and for believing in students like me.

Sincerely,

Jessica B.

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