NATCHITOCHES — Two Northwestern State University students have earned scholarships from the Louisiana Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants – Central Louisiana Chapter.
Paige Hedrick of Pollock and Raegan Washington of Natchitoches each earned a $500 scholarship at the annual LCPA round robin interviews for junior and senior level accounting students from Northwestern State, La Louisiana State University-Alexandria and Louisiana Christian University. Each student was given five minutes to interview a potential employer, with some giving advice on making a resume stand out and/or asking students questions.
Washington is a senior accounting major. She said she prepared for the interview by making sure to present herself in a professional manner with an up-to-date resume and appropriate business attire.
“When I walked in and throughout the process, I kept smiling despite my nervousness and continued to be myself,” she said. “During the interviews, we were asked to give them general information about ourselves and we were asked questions about our future aspirations. Afterwards, we asked different questions about our strengths and weaknesses, how we would handle certain situations and if we had any questions for them.
Hedrick is a junior majoring in accounting and business administration with a minor in computer information systems. She learned that the best way to prepare for interviews is to practice.
“Several employers have asked me about my strengths and weaknesses, so I’m glad I prepared an answer ahead of time,” she said. “The best thing is to be confident in yourself and what you can offer the company you are interviewing with. Employers are looking for students with good work ethics and attitudes. I am grateful to my accounting teachers for encouraging me to attend the LCPA event as it was such a great experience.
The Society of Louisiana CPAs (LCPA) is the state’s premier association of professional accountants, proudly representing more than 5,400 CPAs in public practice, industry, government, and education, as well as more than 2,000 future CPA. Through communication, education and networking events, we support our members with the tools necessary to be the most trusted business advisors to the organizations and individuals they serve.
Diane Mobley, an instructor at NSU’s School of Business, helped the students prepare, but said their own preparation earned them the scholarships.
“I don’t deserve any credit for their accomplishments,” Mobley said. “These young women did it all on their own. All I try to do is encourage them to enter the contest and I attend to give them moral support.”
Information about NSU’s School of Business is available at: https://business.nsula.edu/.