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Kayla Bean’s Otterbein experiences culminate in accounting job

Kayla Bean’s Otterbein experiences culminate in accounting job

By Alli Bates ‘16

Kayla Bean ’16 walked across the stage at commencement on May 1 confident that she was prepared to take on the world. With a variety of experiences rounding out her resume, she has a bright future after graduation.

Bean has a job lined up as an accountant, but is prepared for the challenge. She has already held five internships with prestigious organizations, including J.P. Morgan, the Ohio Statehouse, Excel Logistics and Principal Financial Group.

At J.P. Morgan, Bean was an accounting/finance intern in the mortgage banking industry.

“I worked with internal controls to help protect the company,” she said.

Her fifth internship, with accounting firm Crowe Horwath LLP, soon will be a full-time job.

“I will be joining Crowe Horwath in September as an accountant and I will be studying all summer for the CPA,” she said.

A young professional doesn’t get so far so fast without being a leader. Bean proved her leadership skills on campus, where she served in one of the toughest leadership roles Otterbein can offer a student — as a member of the board of trustees.

As a student trustee, Bean was involved in some major decisions for the university, including passing the historic proposal to allow alcohol on campus for the first time in the University’s history.

Bean was also vice president of her sorority, Sigma Alpha Tau, also known as “Owls.”

“My favorite part about being vice president of Owls was seeing what all went on behind the scenes. There is so much more work that is incurred that no one realizes. I also loved being able to give back to the sorority,” she said.

Bean also traveled to Vienna last summer because she wanted to experience another country.

“I had never been to Europe before and it was something that I had wanted to do for a while,” she said.

The trip was part of a Senior Year Experience (SYE) class, so Bean learned a lot on the trip while falling in love with the culture.

“My favorite part the trip was visiting the castles. They are what you would imagine in a movie —breathtaking. I also loved trying all of the different foods. The food is so wonderful there,” she said.


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