Christina Byrd

Undergraduate School/degree

I graduated from Elon University with degrees in accounting and finance.

Background – where are you from originally?

I was born in Roanoke, Virginia and lived there and in Staunton, Virginia until I was 8. My family then moved to Graham, North Carolina, which I’m proud to call home!

Past work/leadership experience/activities in college

  • Tax Internship – RSM U.S., LLP (Summer 2018)
  • Tax Internship – RSM U.S., LLP (Summer 2017)
  • Accounting Internship – Cobb, Ezekiel, Loy and Company (May 2016 – May 2017)
  • Tax Preparer – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
  • Treasurer and Member – Campus Outreach
  • Accounting Tutor – Elon Academic Support Services
  • Study Abroad – Australia and New Zealand
  • John W. Barney Award Scholar
  • Love Award for Excellence in Business Leadership
  • Student Leadership Institute of North Carolina
  • Member – PKP, BGS, PES and ODK Societies
  • Service Chair – Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi Presentations:

  • Regional Meeting, Birmingham, AL 2018
  • Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA 2017
  • Regional Meeting, Raleigh, NC 2017
  • Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MA 2016

Undergraduate Research:
Publication: “The Effect of VITA Participation on Student Empathy” – NCUR Proceedings

Presentations:

  • American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, Washington D.C. 2018
  • National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Oklahoma City 2018
  • Elon Student Undergraduate Research Forum, Elon, NC 2018

What type of job would you like to have after completing the MAC Program? If you already have secured a job – where and what area?

After graduation, I will be working for RSM U.S. as a tax associate in their Greensboro office. I’m really looking forward to being a part of the tax team there!

Do you have any advice or tips you would like to give prospective students looking at applying to MAC programs?

One recommendation I’d make is to start looking into MAC programs as soon as you can! Depending on the school, applications may be due for programs and scholarships beginning in the mid-fall of the year before program start. Particularly if you’re an incoming senior in undergrad, I’d recommend starting to think about visits and applications in the summer, that way you don’t have to do quite as much work during the fall to juggle applications and coursework at the same time. Personally, I found talking to current students, alumni and professors to be the best way to really get to know programs and what their culture and goals are.

Why did you choose the NC State MAC Program?

A friend a year ahead of me at Elon chose to attend State’s MAC program (they graduated this past year). Their interest in the program motivated me to consider getting an accounting master’s degree in general, and to include NC State in my school search this past year. The program’s high rankings, capable professors, and superior track record were what drew me to NC State, and the fact that the campus is relatively close to home is also a nice bonus! Deciding on a masters program to join was certainly difficult for me, but conversations with people at NC State and with some of my mentors at Elon were most helpful in coming to my decision.

What are your expectations while attending the MAC Program?

In the MAC program, I expect to be exposed to a whole lot of new (and exciting) information that I wasn’t able to get in my undergrad accounting courses. I’m expecting to need to work very hard to absorb all this content, but hopefully to really enjoy the classes all the while! Lastly, I expect that the program will prepare me well for taking the CPA exam and for beginning my career in public accounting.

What are you looking forward to the most while in the Program?

I’m most looking forward to learning a lot more about accounting this coming year. In contrast with undergrad, it will be nice to have all my coursework focused in an area I’m interested in and passionate about. I want to learn as much as I can! I’m also really looking forward to getting to know everyone in the MAC program, both classmates and faculty/staff.