Challenged to Do Her Best
dream to study in America has come true."
A 24-year-old native of the Czech Republic, Tyfova was interested in the Illinois program because of the reputation of the campus and because the College of Business offers some of the highest-rated accountancy programs in the US.
"I like the
flexible structure of the program," she says. "The electives
give me an opportunity to specialize my studies." MAS students have
an undergraduate background in accounting and take advanced classes in
external reporting, control, and systems.
As part of the 12-month
program, which starts in June, students new to campus attend intensive
summer classes that prepare them for the rigorous courses and the work
load during the academic year. "The summer session was very valuable,"
says Tyfova. "My English writing skills improved and I am more comfortable
The academic year
has brought some interesting challenges for Tyfova. "Faculty focus
on case studies that give us real-life experience and teach us how to
approach the problems. You don't just read the book, memorize it, and
tell the professor about it. These learning situations resemble the decision-making
processes of accounting professionals."
Tyfova was recently
offered a position with Deloitte & Touche LLP in Chicago, which she
is likely to accept. She contributes her job search success to staff in
the College's Business Career Services office. "They gave me both
professional and emotional support throughout the process," she says.
"I am very glad
to be at Illinois. The faculty challenge me to do my best work. And that's
great preparation for my career."
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