Alumni Success Stories
BBA ’13, MAcc ‘14
Alumna Laurie Ereddia combines her love of accounting and education by bringing her passion for accounting into her work as an educator. Since graduating from the KSU MAcc program in 2014, Laurie has become a CPA in the state of Georgia and worked as a Controller for Superior Plumbing Services since October 2015. She served as a Part-Time Assistant Professor with the KSU School of Accountancy from 2017 until the end of 2018 and will be starting a PhD Program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville this summer.
What inspired you to go into accounting?
I spent years working in a small business without any formal business education. By the time I entered the accounting program at KSU, I had many questions. And what better place to bring those questions than the School of Accountancy? I enjoy leveraging accounting information to make decisions - even better if spreadsheets and pivot tables are involved! I know I have found my calling. Accounting is one of the best fields to be in today. There are so many career paths, even beyond audit, tax, and consulting, that one can travel far and wide with all the available opportunities.
What do you feel contributed to your success?
I am a naturally curious person and thrive in learning environments. Thankfully, the accounting profession provides constant learning opportunities. There is a saying, “if you find a job you love doing, you will never work a day in your life.” Whether I am in the role of student, teacher, or business leader, I learn something new every day and truly love what I do.
Tell us about your experience in the MAcc program.
The MAcc program was challenging but incredibly rewarding. The curriculum expanded my understanding of accounting and auditing, explored relevant research, and analyzed global business issues. I enjoyed working alongside amazing classmates who are now emerging leaders in the profession. We worked with engaging professors who ultimately became mentors and friends. During the year-long program, I passed all four sections of the CPA exam and felt prepared to enter the audit practice at Grant Thornton.
What advice would you give students who are thinking about applying for the MAcc program?
The MAcc program will help you launch a successful accounting career. You will work hard but when it is over, you will be amazed at what you have accomplished. It’s not just about learning accounting concepts. You will grow as a professional, developing communication, collaboration, and time management skills. And the connections you will make at KSU will become friends and allies as you navigate your future career. I would not be where I am today without the encouragement and support of my MAcc classmates.
Tell us about what area of accounting you work in and your current role with Superior
Plumbing and as Adjunct Assistant Professor at KSU.
As Controller, I am responsible for the accounting operations of the company. I manage department staff, produce financial reports, and analyze our results to improve operations. I loved bringing this experience into the classroom at KSU, where I taught Introduction to Financial Accounting. Students engage when they can connect class material with real life examples and they see my sincere enthusiasm for the profession.
What inspired you to pursue a PhD? What are your long term goals?
A PhD program is about inquiry and research, a perfect fit for someone who is eternally curious. Many of the KSU faculty are accomplished researchers who bring their current research into the classroom and use it to influence the profession. I am so grateful for these faculty members who mentored me over the years. It was with their encouragement that I applied and was accepted at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The four-year program begins in May. I look forward to investing in the next generation of accounting students and hope to impact their lives the same way the faculty at KSU has impacted mine.