Heather Gaudette, Class of 2018 - Accounting

As a high school senior, Heather Gaudette initially had her heart set on a big university. But after visiting one, she quickly changed her mind. A friend suggested Heather visit Curry College. As soon as she arrived, she knew this was where she belonged.

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"When I met Business Management Professor Ernie Silver, he remembered my name and details of my application," she said. "That was eye opening."

Heather enrolled as a business major but ultimately changed her major to accounting, thanks to the influence of her favorite professor. 

"When I got to Curry, I met Professor Elizabeth Delano-Dykas," Heather said. "She changed my whole perspective and really opened my eyes to accounting. I learned she did estate and financial planning, and I decided that is the route I want to take also." 

Heather successfully completed an internship at one of the world's largest tax firms, BDO USA LLP, which she says left her with both real-world accounting experience and professional confidence.

"I learned so much at BDO - Boston," she said. "It was challenging, but now I know that I can figure out even the most complex problems."

After graduation, she plans to become a Certified Public Accountant and attend law school, with a focus on estate planning and tax law. Heather urges incoming first-year students to get involved as soon as possible after arriving on campus, saying that's the best way to make friends and quickly become part of the community.

Heather has worked as a Resident Advisor and in two positions in the Student Center.

"I absolutely loved working at the Student Center. It felt like a big family," Heather said. "I met two of my best friends when I started working there."

She suggests that when it comes to selecting the right college, students should follow their gut and pick the place that feels best for them. For Heather, that meant Curry.

"It felt like home," she said. "Here at Curry I am able to stand out more than I would have at a larger school. I feel like a person, not a number."


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