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Undergraduate success paves the way for a bright future

Undergraduate success paves the way for a bright future

Quinlan undergrad, Michael Palarz, will graduate with a full time position at KPMG L.L.P. He offers these reflections on his internships and work with Loyola's faculty and staff:

What inspired your success?

Upon arriving at Loyola University Chicago freshman year, I was pumped to join the concert and pep bands my first semester.  I was also looking forward to my business classes. Determined to do well, I got to know the professors and some upperclassman students within the accounting department. A few professors and senior students began to mentor me as I progressed through the program, and then I joined Beta Alpha Psi (BAP). This professional organization helped me refine my interviewing and resume writing skills.  BAP gave me the opportunity to network with several of Chicago’s best companies where I gained an understanding of different aspects of the accounting profession. Leveraging Loyola’s resources: BAP, professor office hours, and the career center, I gained the knowledge to set myself up for success as a student.

I also held four different internships to gain valuable experience in the accounting profession.  I have worked at small companies with only 5 people to major global firms like KPMG L.L.P. and Sidley Austin, L.L.P. These experiences in the workplace complimented my studies in the classroom. Loyola has prepared me to succeed in the classroom and in the workplace. 

Were there any faculty or staff members that were particularly helpful during your time at Loyola?

Brian Stanko, Chair of the Accounting and Business Law Dept at Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business has been a great guide throughout my undergraduate experience. Professor Stanko truly cares about the success of his students and has been a critical mentor for my success at Loyola and beyond. Dr. Leonard McKendrick and Lisa Gillespie have also become great career mentors during my undergraduate experience. I owe my success to my mentors and family, however this is just the beginning.

What are your plans after graduation?

After earning my Bachelor in Business Administration degree with a focus in Accounting, I will attend Quinlan’s Graduate School of Business to pursue a Masters of Science in Accountancy and prepare for the CPA exam in early spring of 2017.  In the fall of 2017, I will start full time at KPMG L.L.P. in the audit practice. 

Michael Palarz

Employer: KPMG  

Grad Date:  May 2016

Majors:MSA, BBA Accounting

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