Ashley Hancock: Accounting Major
Golf has always been an important part of Ashley Hancock’s life since being a
member of the North High School golf team. The teamwork and camaraderie
of high school sports followed her to college and straight into USI’s College of
Business. The Accounting Circle golf outings gave her the opportunity to use her
competitive high school sport to network with business professionals. Through her newfound
contacts and an excellent academic record, she earned internship opportunities with top
local and regional accounting firms.
Being part of a team sums up Hancock's four years at USI.
She attributes her success as an accounting student to study groups.
"A good study group is everything. You need a good
leader; and team members who compliment one another. A good team knows how to manage
one anothers' weaknesses and strengths," said Hancock. "We learned to listen to one
another and to contribute."
Hancock parlayed her team-building skills in study groups into being a member of the
college’s accounting case study teams. "It was a stressful but rewarding experience.
I surpassed my own expectations and ended up surprising
myself," smiles Hancock. Participating in state and national competitions
against much larger colleges, forced her out of her comfort zone of being the
behind-the-scenes person who excelled in organizing information. Hancock notes that
having good communication skills is essential in the business world. "In almost
every business class I have taken, students were required to give presentations. As a result,
USI students have enjoyed success in case study competitions, which has earned USI an excellent
reputation for preparing students for the business world."
Hancock's interdisciplinary business case study team traveled to Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia,
Canada to compete on an international level. "We were given a case study, a room, paper,
a computer to type on, and three hours to prepare a 20-minute PowerPoint
presentation. There was no Internet access, reference material or previous notes to depend on—only our brains. It
was this 'thinking-on-your-feet' experience that gave us an advantage over the other teams
when we won the IMA national case study competition in 2009."
Story by Barbara Goodwin
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