My name is Minerva Llamas, I’m currently a senior in the Poole College of Management majoring in accounting, concentrating in financial analysis, I’m also minoring in international studies. I was born in Atlanta and grew up in Reidsville, NC. Visiting NC State my senior year of high school was one of my best decisions, I applied that same day.Three years later I’m still here, I’ve met great people, studied abroad, have had two summer internships, and just accepted another internship upon graduation.
Involvement in the Community
I am a student ambassador for the Poole College of Management, an organization in which we plan, organize, and staff events for high school seniors, current faculty, alumni, and professionals. I am also involved with ALPFA – the Association of Latino Professionals for America. I’ve volunteered in the Boys and Girls Club, as well as Habitat for Humanity.
Living in Raleigh
You will never run out of things to do in Raleigh. One of my favorite annual events is the Raleigh International Festival which typically takes place in downtown Raleigh in the Fall. For everyday life, Cameron Village is probably the place I go to the most, you can get groceries, shop at the boutiques, and even study at your favorite coffee shop. Raleigh is also super close to RTP – the Research Triangle Park, there are a bunch of companies eager to meet NC State students, for example, my sophomore year I went to a professional development event for students at Cisco.
Something I’ve Learned That I’ve Already Used
The courses I’ve taken so far have already extended beyond the classroom, for example, I was interning at EY this past summer, one of the tasks assigned to me was a book to tax reconciliation, which was something we had learned in class just a few weeks before that. Another example is learning to work together with others through my involvement in student organizations and group projects. While interning, I’ve had communication with people in different states, and even countries. While studying abroad, I was working face to face with people from different backgrounds who spoke different languages; knowing how to work with others facilitated the distance and language barriers.
After graduation, I plan on going to graduate school and getting a Masters of Accounting. Afterwards, I’d like to work in public accounting as a tax professional, ideally focusing on international tax for financial institutions. Eventually I want to work and live abroad.
Your “Defining the Future of Business” Moment
The Poole College of Management is constantly defining the future of business. I value the concept of how Poole puts an emphasis on doing business internationally, no matter which concentration you choose. I believe this mindset helps prepare us become better future business leaders in a hyper-globalized world. Poole is an environment in which everyone is willing and happy to help students advance and develop academically and professionally. If we carry those ideals into the business world after graduation, we will positively impact and define the future of business.