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Soon-to-Be Alumni Reflect on Their Walsh Journeys

On Saturday, June 29, Walsh’s newest graduates will walk across the stage at commencement and join the ranks of over 29,000 alumni. We asked three soon-to-be alumni to reflect on their time at Walsh and share their plans for the future.

Amanda Poehlsen, Bachelor of Business Administration candidate
President of the Student Veteran Organization

What is your favorite Walsh memory?

I would say one of my fondest memories at Walsh would be the people. If it was not for Walsh, I would not have met the mentors who continuously push me to pursue my goals or the friends whom I have built lifelong relationships with.

Is there a staff or faculty member that had a positive impact on your experience? 

Professor Jill Peplinski definitely made a positive impact on my experience at Walsh. I will never forget how understanding she was when I experienced a family medical situation that kept me out-of-state during most of a semester. She truly cared about me and my family during our time of need and did everything she could to work with me to ensure I was able to complete the course and ultimately stay on track for graduation. I always looked forward to seeing Professor Peplinski at classes, workshops, and various activities around Walsh.

What are your plans post-graduation?

I will be continuing my education with Walsh after my undergraduate graduation. I have already started pursuing a business certificate in human resources as well as an MBA through Walsh. 

How will you stay involved with Walsh as an alumni?

In addition to pursing my graduate education with Walsh, I plan to stay active with Student Life activities and associations, especially the Student Veteran Organization.

Eljona Ndrecaj, Bachelor of Business Administration candidate
Activities Coordinator of the Student Government Association

What is your favorite Walsh memory?

I felt welcomed the moment I decided to start my bachelor’s degree at Walsh. My favorite memories are events such as the Friday Night Social and Movie Night because I was given the opportunity to network with people which is very important in the business industry.

Is there a staff or faculty member that had a positive impact on your experience?

I had Jill Peplinski for COM 320, and she was one of the best professors I ever had. She truly cares about the students and makes a connection with everyone. She encouraged me to sign up for Walsh’s Mentor Program, which was helpful because I was able to build a relationship with someone who had the same degree as I was studying to achieve.

What are your plans post-graduation?

Post-graduation I plan to find a job in the finance industry to start my career.

How will you stay involved with Walsh as an alumni?

I will stay involved at Walsh by attending Student Council and Alumni Association meetings to see where I can volunteer for events and help future students. After I establish my career, I will join the mentor program to help others by sharing my path and experiences on how I achieved my career goals.

Michael Cannon, Bachelor of Accountancy candidate
Past President of the Accounting and Taxation Student Organization

What is your favorite Walsh memory?

My favorite Walsh memory was competing in the ACG Cup with a team of my peers. Representing Walsh in a formal competition felt like I was upholding the school’s name, and I was able to show off what the school is capable of. Unfortunately we did not win, but the experience, connections, and friendships I gained along the way made it an amazing experience overall.

Is there a staff or faculty member that had a positive impact on your experience?

Deborah Mourray, the Accounting and Taxation Student Organization (ATSO) staff advisor, has been a massive wealth of knowledge and assistance throughout my time at Walsh. The advice and guidance she shared is something I will remember for the rest of my career. She works hard to keep ATSO the successful group it is today, and I think it's one of the best student organizations to join at Walsh.

What are your plans post-graduation?

I have just recently started as an assurance staff at Rehmann. The firm is a perfect fit for me and I look forward to continuing to represent it. I will be starting my CPA exams right after graduation, and my goal is to have them all completed by February or April of 2020.

How will you stay involved with Walsh as an alumni?

I plan to attend any interesting alumni events or events that are open to the public at the school. Occasionally, I will stop by and visit all of the faculty I have made friends with over the years. I may work with the student clubs to continue to host Excel workshops periodically.


Congratulations to these and all Walsh students who will graduate at the 113th Commencement on June 29.





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