Hometown: Shelton, Connecticut
Major: Financial Accounting
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration in Financial Accounting
Activities: Accounting Society (2013-17); Honors Students of Compassion (2013-15); Kathwari Honors Program (2014-17); Rotaract Club (2014-17); Housing and Residence Life (2015-17); Student Government Association (2016-17); Connecticut Society of CPAs (2016-17); Academic Resource Mentor (2015-17); Ancell Learning Commons business course tutor (2014-17); WCSU Institutional Advancement assistant (2014-15); WCSU Math Emporium tutor (2013-15); WCSU Tutoring Resource Center tutor (2013-15); participated in WCSU Day of Service; Annual Open House; Connecticut Make a Difference; Junior Achievement teaching elementary school students financial literacy; College Goal Sunday helping students fill out FAFSA; Relay for Life and as a Simply Smiles volunteer; AmeriCorps Collegiate Development Program and Leadership Development member (2013-14); Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury backpack drive, Voter Registration and Voter Education event and CT Drive (2013-17); Written Words Bookstore (2012-17)
INTERNSHIPS: Deloitte Audit Intern (June – Aug. 2016), Praxair, Inc. Corporate Tax Intern (Feb. 2015 – May 2016)
Honors and Awards: Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (2016-17); Connecticut Society of CPAs Merit Award (April 2017); CPA Excel Award (April 2016); Academic Resource Mentor of the Year (2015-16); Dean’s List (2013-17); Resident Hall Academic Recognition (2013-17); Leadership, Compassion and Creativity Certificate (2017); Outstanding Senator (2016-17); 3.98 GPA; Sodexo Scholarship (2014-15); Macricostas Family Scholarship (2014-16); WCSU Alumni Association Scholarship (2015-16); Anthony & Julia Caraluzzi Family Scholarship (2015-16); W. Jason & Ellen M. Hancock Scholarship (2015-16); Eduard Baruch Scholarship - Rotary Club of Danbury (2015-17); Isabelle T. Farrington Scholarship (2016-17)
When Qin Lin was looking at colleges and universities, she knew that bigger would not be better for her. "One thing I like most about WestConn is that the classrooms are a perfect size," she says. "That way, I could get to know my classmates and professors on a personal level. I could also get advice from professors on an individual basis."
According to Lin, "Taking part in the business world was always my childhood dream. Ever since I took my first accounting class as a freshman at WestConn, I was determined that majoring in Accounting would be my first step toward achieving that dream. After four years of college as an Accounting major, I have acquired skills from both a business and non-business perspective that will help guide me for the rest of my career."
Ironically, one of the people Lin met on campus who had an impact on her experience shared the same last name, but was not related. "Jessica Lin is an assistant director of the Kathwari Honors Program," Lin says. "I met Jessica when I was a freshman, and the compassion and enthusiasm I received from her drove me to pass those characteristics on to others throughout my four years here. She also served as a bridge for me to eventually enroll into the Honors Program, which opened up so many opportunities for me and was a critical factor for all my involvements both on- and off-campus. Jess is the person who inspired me to step outside of my comfort zone and to believe in myself regardless of the obstacles that stood in my way."
Asked what she will remember most about her Western experience, Lin says, "Although WestConn is a smaller university, I have met so many wonderful people and found my lifetime friends and mentors. I am so grateful that WestConn provided me with the opportunity to experience college as every college student should. There have always been individuals who graduate and say that they 'would've changed this' and 'would have done this differently.' Well, from my perspective, I wouldn't trade my experience for anything!"
Lin is proof that a successful internship can be one of the most valuable assets in a graduate's job search. "After I completed the internship with Deloitte this past summer, I accepted a full-time offer from the firm to work as an auditor, starting in September 2017," she says. "In the meantime, I am working on campus and getting more involved in campus organizations, hoping to contribute what I can back to the school and the community. I am working toward graduating with 150 credits to meet one of the Certified Public Accountants' requirements. I plan to pass the CPA exam by September 2018, and then I will consider getting other certifications. In two to three years, I would like to go to a graduate school for an international business-related degree to further my education."
Lin's advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Get involved in anything where your passion is either on or off campus. Don’t just go to classes and go home, do yourself a favor to discover the beauty of the college life."