Haoyu received his undergraduate degree in Accounting, Finance, and Operations Management from Kelley in 2023. Haoyu is currently a Masters of Science student at Kelley and expects to graduate in
Why did you choose to major in accounting?
I chose accounting because it is the language of business. It provides crucial knowledge for interpreting business data and translating it into financially sound decisions. As an external user, I value the ability to independently conclude data as opposed to relying on the interpretations of others.
Was there a course/project/group/interaction, etc. at Kelley that has been particularly helpful to you in your career?
A329 Taxes and Decision Making with Professor Katie Metz has been particularly helpful to my career development. The course centered on team-based projects, addressing real-world challenges through client-ready deliverables, which enhances our practical understanding of the IRC’s application as well as our adaptation to the professional workflow. Professor Metz’s experience in international taxation offered valuable perspectives on other tax systems and global trends.
What was your favorite part of being an accounting student at Kelley?
My favorite experience as an accounting student at Kelley has been the opportunity to collaborate with my exceptional peers. These individuals bring a combination of competitive spirit and collaborative support that enriches the learning environment. Through group interactions, I consistently gain valuable knowledge, ranging from advanced Excel shortcuts and formatting techniques to a deeper understanding of current industry applications and trends. Engaging with such a talented peer group serves not only to maintain but also to continually elevate my professional standards.
Drawing on your career experiences, what advice would you give to future Kelley Accounting students?
I would advise focusing on intuitive understanding over memorization when mastering accounting standards and codes. A deeper comprehension not only helps in retention but also offers valuable context for interpreting future changes in standards. This methodology is especially effective given the conducive learning environment provided by our faculty, who are committed to student success and offer ample support.
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