Alumni Spotlight: Katherine Guzman

Katherine Guzman, an accountant for Georgia Power, graduated from the University of North Georgia (UNG) in May 2016 with a BBA in Accounting.

The College of Business is a well-recognized school with exceptional faculty and students,” Guzman said. “It was, and continues to be, an accredited school with a great reputation.”

Guzman heard about an internship program at Southern Company during her senior year at UNG from a classmate who was working there. She reached out and got an interview set up for the day after her graduation and worked as an intern for three months before applying for her current position.

“The Mike Cottrell College of Business at UNG prepared me to be successful in my career and has allowed me to pursue a masters degree in accounting,” Guzman said. “I am able to apply the fundamentals I learned in undergraduate to my current job responsibilities.”

If she could go back, she wouldn’t change anything about her college experience and is glad that she was a student on the Gainesville campus because of its size. She was able to build strong relationships with professors and other students.

“The school provides resources and tools to facilitate the learning process for students,” Guzman said. “It also provides opportunities for networking by partnering with local accounting firms and helping students through the process of applying for internship and jobs.”

Her favorite business courses at UNG were principles of accounting, international business, corporate tax and economics. She was unsure what she wanted to major in before taking the principles of accounting courses with Dr. Jonick. These courses gave her the foundation to complete her accounting degree.

“All the professors, especially those in the accounting program, were a great support system,” Guzman said. “They were always available to provide career advice, letters of recommendations for scholarships and graduate school and words of encouragement throughout the college experience.”

Guzman wants people to know that the Mike Cottrell College of Business is a great place for students who love smaller class sizes and one-on-one interaction with professors. She also notes the importance of extracurricular clubs such as Enactus, which help students further develop their leadership skills, and attending events hosted by the College to build a network with companies and employers.

“Clubs and events are crucial to a student’s college experience because they add value to your education and set you apart from other students at different schools,” Guzman said. “UNG’s Mike Cottrell College of Business truly cares about the success of its students and takes pride in helping them reach their highest potential.”

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