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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Sanky, Kathryn M. - Class of 2006

 

Kathryn M. Sanky
Audit Associate 
McGladrey & Pullen
One Valley Square, Ste. 250
512 Township Line Road
Blue Bell, PA 19422-2700

Why I Do What I Do: It is a constant challenge and a great learning experience.

Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA

Current Residence: Blue Bell, PA

High School: Nazareth Academy

Higher Education: DeSales University, 2006.

Accomplishments:

  • Vice President, Accounting and Finance Club

  • Nominated for the Leadership Retreat in 2003

Jobs Held In College:

  • Finance intern at Lockheed Martin, Summers 2003, 2004, 2005.

  • Accounting/Finance intern at Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust (KNBT), Spring 2005.

  • MBA Workstudy Student, 2002-2006.

Hobbies: Hanging out with my friends, traveling, shopping, watching movies, reading mystery novels and swimming.

Favorite Music: I like a variety of music; but, my favorite artists are Billy Joel and Tim McGraw.

Courses I Loved: Federal Income Taxation, Health Care Marketing, Consumer Behavior, and Legal Environment of Business.

Biggest Achievement: I was offered two jobs at public accounting firms during fall semester of my senior year.

Biggest Disappointment: Not pushing myself harder to get better grades and become more involved in college.

Career Goals: I would like to become a CPA within the next two years, and then get my MBA in the future.

Influential People: My parents have always been extremely supportive of my decisions and have been with me every step of the way. My brother Michael who constantly pushes me to be the best person I can be. My boyfriend Jason who always believes in me and lets me learn from his experiences. My friends, who are always there for me, and who made college an amazing experience. Lastly, to two excellent teachers, Drs. Cocozza and McGorry, who have taught me so much.

Favorite Quote: "It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded."

Biggest Challenge: Believing in myself.

Best Advice Received: Don't be afraid to make mistakes as long as you learn from them.

Advice I Would Give: Do what makes you happy. If you aren't happy, then succeeding in your career or just life in general is going to seem a whole lot harder.

Toughest Obstacle I Overcame: Dealing with my grandfather's death my junior year, while having to go to classes, work at my internship, participate in VITA, and volunteer for Junior Achievement. It was one of my hardest semesters; but, I learned a lot about myself. I realized that if I could handle this I could handle anything.

What I Liked Best About DeSales: The atmosphere -- right after I visited DeSales for the first time, I knew it was where I wanted to go to college. Everyone, from the professors to the staff to the students, are friendly and willing to help. I also liked the whole college life, being able to sleep in late, have free time during the day, and basically being able to live with your friends.

What I Miss Most About DeSales: Seeing my friends everyday and eating at the cafeteria. The food might not always be good; but, it is better than having to cook for yourself every night!

What I Miss Least About DeSales: Having to walk everywhere around campus, especially in the winter when it was freezing and windy.

Advice for Present DeSales Students: Live in the moment. College will be over before you know it and if you constantly stress out over your classes, papers, and tests you will miss all the good times happening around you. Get involved! Once you get involved in a club or an activity you can make new friends and be a part of different experiences.

Do an internship! You will be able to apply what you learn in class to the real world in addition to learning so many more things. You will also be more marketable when applying for jobs.

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