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Shalay Ward, MSA '11

High school accounting is a class most teenagers would avoid. But Shalay Ward, MSA '11, really enjoyed it. She knew from that point forward she wanted to pursue a career in accounting.

"It just clicked with me, it was a light bulb moment," Ward said. "I definitely think that it will continue to challenge me. That's what has kept me interested almost eight years later."

She now works at KPMG—one of "The Big 4" international accounting firms—as an associate in the federal audit practice.

Ward hopes to gain more commercial experience while at KPMG, and potentially move into auditing state and local levels of government in the future.