Grad of the Week: Bianca Perez
MCU is pleased to shine a light on a few of our students who are members of the Class of 2021 and are candidates for graduation for Fall 2020.
What is your degree?
Master of Business Administration
What are your plans and hopes for after graduation?
Upon graduation I plan on taking the remaining CPA exams. I aspire to be a Certified Public Accountant in California. I decided to pursue an MBA degree to fulfill the CPA unit requirement. I recently transitioned from Big 5 Sporting Goods headquarters to United Pacific. I am currently working as a tax staff accountant and I’m really excited for this new opportunity because I will be helping the tax team with analysis and working with the accounting team.
What have you been involved in while at MCU?
As a sophomore I was Coordinator for Marketing and Pubic Relations for Student Orientation Staff, it was a great experience. I worked full time since freshman year, but SOS allowed me to make long lasting friends. I even had the opportunity to recommend a friend from SOS to work at Big 5 Sporting Goods Headquarters which is where I was previously working. I was also part of Enactus group which gave me an opportunity to work
What is your favorite memory of MCU?
Student Orientation Week – I was so inspired when I started school because the SOSers were so motivating and welcoming. I was so glad to be a part of such a great team. I’m grateful for the fun extracurricular activities MCU would offer throughout the year. My favorite event was casino night.
What advice do you have for other students?
I encourage students to build relationships with professors and other MCU staff. I reached out to Professor Marsh and Professor Ono to see if I could list their contact information for job recommendation, and they were contacted for an evaluation. I got an offer from United Pacific, but I think it’s important to perform well in class and build a relationship with professors for future references.
What was your favorite experience at MCU?
When Professor Tomblin took a group of students to the Jonathan Club in downtown LA. It was a very formal event and I had never been in this type of environment and it was very thoughtful of him to go out of his way to give students such a nice experience. I felt privileged to listen to guest speakers and be in a club where networking happens regularly.
What was your favorite class at MCU and why?
I enjoyed the enthusiasm in Professor Kossi’s classes. He made classes engaging and applied his lectures to current events which made information relevant. I took a lot of ownership in the projects and work I did especially in his class because he would fact check everything.
Who inspired you at MCU and why?
There are four professors’ that have really inspired me to grow in my professional life and those are, Professor Kossi, Professor Ono, Professor Marsh, and Professor De Young. Professor Kossi has taught me to not believe everything I hear and to do my own research and make my own conclusions with reliable data. Professor Ono helped me out tremendously with my Capstone Project and gave me great finance tools that I’ve used even at work like the cost benefit analysis. My boss was very impressed when I did my own analysis on a current system the company was using and why it was ineffective. Professor Marsh really took the time to help me understand the fundamentals of accounting. I really struggled with Accounting and thanks to her I was able to major in Accounting and now I’m an accountant. She also encouraged me to pursue a CPA license and I’m on track thanks to her support. Professor De Young was also very inspiring to me. I took his leadership class while I was working under a boss who micromanaged and was tough to work with. I took his advice from his class and I was promoted to the tax department where I was working under a different manager and I was given an opportunity to learn new things. If it wasn’t for his advice I would have stayed in a department where my work wasn’t valued.