Alumni Profiles

Our business alumni have taken time to reflect on their DeSales experiences which describe their time as a student and their personal challenges and achievements. We hope you find the information interesting and helpful. 

The Division of Business encourages our business alumni to obtain a copy of the Alumni Profile Template linked below and please submit a completed profile and photo to Verdiana.Quinn@desales.edu.

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Banerjee, Arjun - Class of 2004

 

Arjun Banerjee, CPA
Director in International Tax Service, 
Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP

Why I Do What I Do: I enjoy the challenge and find it motivating.

Current Residence: New York City, New York

Birth Place: Calcutta India

High School: St. Xaviers Collegiate School, Calcutta, India

Memories: Xaviers, as it is commonly known, was the love of my life for the first 18 years. I would be lying if I said that I have "got over" her! I made the closest friends, met the best teachers, played real hard, studied very little, did the craziest things and spent the most incredible hours "giving adda" with my friends. I owe a very large part of myself to my high school. I would be a different person had I not spend my most fruitful years in Xaviers. I miss it a lot. However, we move on...but cherish and hold close to the things we love so dearly.

Higher Education: DeSales University, Center Valley, PA

Accomplishments:

  • Member of Delta Delta Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society

  • Dean's List for Seven Consecutive Semesters

  • DeSales University Academic Trustee Scholarship

  • Nominated for Raymond Holland Leadership Award

  • Best Essay Award for Freshman Essay Contest.

Jobs Held In College: 

  • Technical Support for BlackBoard

  • Office Assistant in the MBA Department

  • Senior User Consultant in the Academic Computing Center

  • Student Consultant in the Academic Computing Center

  • Peer Tutor in Financial Management and Financial Accounting.

Hobbies: Soccer, tennis, and camping.

Favorite Music: Western Classical, Rock

Courses I Loved: Financial Management, Federal Income Taxation, Mgmt of Information and Technology, Macroeconomics, Music of the Romantic Era & Legal Environment of Business.

Biggest Achievement: Securing a full-time position as a Tax Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. in New York City. After a really grueling summer internship at PwC, an offer from them was a dream come true. My gratitude to Dr. Cocozza, without whose help I would not be in that position.

Biggest Disappointment: None.

Career Goals: Partner in PwC.

Influential People: Personal Life -- My grandmother and my parents. Professional Life -- Dr. Cocozza, Dr. Hojjat, Mary Ann Falk, Dr. Mohamed Latib and Mike Krajsa

Favorite Quote: Good Better Best. Never let it Rest. Till your Good is Better, And your Better, Best.

Biggest Challenge: Leaving behind everyone back home and coming half way across the world to a new country. It wasn't easy in the beginning, but was blessed with a lot of wonderful people here at DeSales. This made life so much more enjoyable, and it gave me something to look forward to.

Best Advice Received: Dr. Lewis and Mr. Dwyer suggesting that I do a dual major in Accounting and MIT.

Advice I Would Give: Enjoy college and have fun. These four years never come back.

Toughest Obstacle I Overcame: Staying away from family and friends back home.

What I Liked Best About DeSales: The University campus -- it was just beautiful.  However, what made it most special were the people I knew -- I surely do miss all of them.

What I Miss Most About DeSales: Interaction with faculty, staff and the students.

What I Miss Least About DeSales: The cafeteria food.

Advice for Present DeSales Students: Make the most of these four years. For a lot of you, this experience will be a memorable one. Have fun, enjoy life, and make new friends. We have a lot of great teachers here. Make sure to interact with them - their advice is invaluable.

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