Like many students who come to Augusta University, Allie Cohen had plans for a career in medicine.
Two years ago, though, her major changed to accounting, and she walked with the Hull College of Business during Spring Commencement on May 13.
The 21-year-old native of Warner Robins, GA, said she wanted to be a dentist when she arrived to Augusta; however, Cohen changed her major at the beginning of her junior year, but still has a biology minor.
“Science classes were a little challenging, so I switched,” she explained. “I really enjoyed math and the business aspect of accounting.”
Cohen said she felt like Susan Murray, Ph.D., professor of accounting, was a mentor to her.
“I really liked the way she taught and made sure we understood everything. I had meaningful meetings with her,” she said. “I really love all of my accounting professors, they’re really nice and always helpful.”
Full of smiles on commencement morning, Cohen said she was relieved to already have a job as a paraprofessional at Anderson, Adkins & Company, CPA’s in Evans, given that was the location of her internship during summer 2020.
“I started there in the summer, carried on until the fall, and then they asked me to stay on in the spring,” she said. Her concentration at the firm has been tax accounting, but she’s going to be joining the audit division soon.
Cohen plans to pursue her certification as a Certified Public Accountant. In order to sit for that exam, she needs 150 credit hours, which can only be attained by getting a master’s degree. She will start in the fall semester with her master’s studies online and hopes to have her Masters in Accounting within a year.
Cohen and a teammate placed in the top five of this year’s Hull Case Competition. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and was a past president of the Panhellenic Council for Augusta University.
When asked what she would miss most about her time at Augusta University, she said, “I’m going to miss seeing my friends every day. We’re all going different directions.”