Kaitlyn Orr, who is completing her master's degree in accounting, will work at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in audit and assurance.
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Kaitlyn Orr easily recalls how excited she was after her first visit to the Binghamton University campus. Five years later, as she completes her master’s degree in accounting, that same sense of excitement is still there. Added to it is a sense of pride at having achieved a great deal inside and outside the classroom.
The Port Washington, N.Y. native will spend much of the summer traveling before starting work at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in audit and assurance. By the time she begins her job with PwC, Orr will also have completed the four sections of the Uniform CPA exam which are required for her become a certified public accountant.
As an undergraduate accounting student at Binghamton, Orr was a member of the PwC Scholars program, through which she formed close bonds with fellow students. Each year, the Scholars raised money for and completed a service project in the Binghamton community, and had opportunities to receive mentoring from alumni working within the firm.
“I feel the Scholars program gives you opportunities that you’d never get otherwise,” Orr said. “I’ve been on four international trips. I love to travel. I’d work so hard over the summer to pay for the trips. It’s a great to experience other cultures.”
During the past academic year, Orr worked in the school’s Career Services office, critiquing students’ cover letters and resumes, and giving feedback on their performance in mock interviews.
“What I value the most is learning about different students,” Orr said. “We have students who come from all over the world. They talk about where they come from, where they’ve been and where they want to go. The best feeling is when someone comes back, gives you a hug and says they got the job and they appreciate your help.”
Orr says her Binghamton University experience is a shining example of the axiom, “You get out of something what you put into it.” In her meetings with students seeking career advice, she often tried to get that point across.
“You have to make the most of what’s available — use advising, Career Services, go to a professor’s office hours,” Orr said. “There is a sense of wanting to help, whether it’s talking to friends, or staff or faculty. They want everyone to succeed.”
Christina Whitney, director of SOM Career Services, says Orr exemplifies what a student can make of his or her experience in the School of Management.
“She never let an opportunity pass her by,” Whitney said. “She has traveled, mentored, learned, interned, coached, networked and been a leader. The friends who surround her every day tell me that she has had some fun along the way as well. She shares her knowledge and experience with others in hopes of helping them to make the most of their experiences, as she did.”