Sheran Deng, MSA '09, believes there is more to education than reading and going to class. Although important, those activities only lay the foundation.
"Accounting is more than just number crunching," he said. "Participating in activities helps you apply what you learn in the classroom."
Deng took part in two of Kogod's annual Case Competitions, and was a research assistant for Professor Ajay Adhikari, who is now chair of the Accounting department.
He also made a point to get together with his peers and professors at school events, such as the biannual Alan Meltzer CEO Leadership Speaker Series and the annual soccer tournament.
"The interactive environment helped to broaden my horizons," he said. "A lot of good ideas are sparked during casual conversations."
Washington via China
Deng came to Kogod after earning an undergraduate degree in business administration from Nanjing University of Finance and Economics in China.
Deng said that Kogod's location in D.C. allowed him to combine world-class business training with access to both the public and private sectors and international organizations. His close relationship with some of his instructors was a highlights, too.
"Faculty at Kogod are not only friendly and knowledgeable, but also accessible and responsive," he said. "There are so many occasions for interaction."
Deng stayed busy while at AU: he completed a summer internship at Warren Capital Group in the area of equity research and was a summer analyst at CMC Markets in Beijing.
Accounting, he said, was a natural choice for advanced study, because it's a fundamental part of the business world.
"An accounting degree can be universally applied," said Deng. "You can basically work anywhere and...communicate with any level of management."
Life as an Alumnus
Case in point: Deng is now employed at The World Bank as a Treasury Analyst in the area of Counterpart Risks Management, actively monitoring and managing credit risk for capital market transactions.
And he's still going above and beyond; he's also the secretary of Youth to Youth Community (Y2Y), a network of young World Bank Group employees who aim to channel fresh ideas and perspectives into the organization.
"My involvement with this group stems from my participation in programs at Kogod," he said.
In the future, Deng hopes to return to graduate school and earn a doctoral degree in Accounting, with the end goal of becoming a researcher or policymaker.