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Graduates in the Spotlight : 2019 Graduates in the Spotlight

Jessica Calderon

image of Jessica CalderonHOMETOWN: born and raised in Manhattan, New York; moved to Danbury at age 10

MAJOR: Financial Accounting

MINOR: Justice and Law Administration

WCSU DEGREE: Bachelor of Business Administration in Financial Accounting

ACTIVITIES: Accounting Society Club, Management Information System Club, participated in REC events, involved in community service like Western Day of Service, part-time job as a tutor for the Ancell Commons

HONORS AND AWARDS: Dean’s List every semester, 3.97 GPA, awarded the Union Savings Bank/Thomas & Monica Frizzell Endowed Scholarship, received the Accounting Department Academic Recognition Award, invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society (restricted to the top 10 percent of undergraduates)

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Jessica Calderon began her education at Naugatuck Valley Community College in spring 2011. “I was there for one year and due to family reasons, I had to move and stop my education,” she says. Calderon re-entered NVCC in fall 2015 and graduated in spring 2017. “I received an Associate Degree in Accounting and graduated Magna Cum Laude, and transferred all my credits to WCSU to seek a BBA in financial accounting.”

Calderon says she decided to come to WCSU mainly because it was cost effective for her. “WCSU received all my credits from NVCC and made the process fast and convenient. WCSU also offers many benefits and opportunities to students.”

She decided to major in Accounting “because I like to deal with numbers and I also wanted to learn more about the tax law and how companies report their financial records. I wanted to learn this information, as my goal is to open my own small accounting firm.”

Asked what she will remember most about her WCSU experience, Calderon says, “One of my most memorable experiences was being selected for and receiving the Accounting Department Academic Recognition Award in my first year at WCSU! I was very appreciative of my accounting professors who spoke very highly of me and voted for me to receive that award.”

After graduation, Calderon says, “My plan is to study for the CPA exam and become a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Connecticut. My five-year plan is to work for a mid-size firm and gain experience in the field. My ultimate goal is to open my own small accounting firm.”

Her advice to new students entering WCSU is: “I would advise any incoming students, whether freshmen or transfer students, to get involved and become part of a club as soon as possible. Also, take advantage of the Career Success Center, which helps students with their resumes and internships.”