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By Michael Cardella

Michael Cardella  is a first-semester graduate student in the Master of Accounting program.

Michael Cardella. Photo courtesy Eller College of Management.

Michael Cardella.
Photo courtesy Eller College of Management.

My allegiance to the University of Arizona is a strong one!  My name is Michael Cardella, and I am a third generation Tucson native and third generation UA graduate.  Growing up in Arizona and the Tucson community, I have spent much of my time exploring the outdoors and playing basketball.  In high school, I played varsity basketball for two years and made some great friends; we all still play intramurals together at the UA.  I am a Wildcat basketball fan, so it was an easy decision to keep my talents here in the Old Pueblo and to stay as far away from ASU as possible.

As a freshman at the UA and in the Pre-Business program, I was fortunate to participate in Eller ELITE.  This club and the upper division Eller student leaders in the program taught me so much that proved to be invaluable later in my undergraduate career.

Once accepted into Eller, I chose to study accounting, and I have been very happy with my decision. The faculty is helpful, friendly, and patient when I have questions and need guidance.  I am currently in my first semester in the MAcc program.  It would be an understatement to say that it has been an adjustment taking five accounting courses at one time, but it helps knowing I’m surrounded in the same classes by peers who are taking on similar academic challenges. It is a unique atmosphere and I am thankful for this opportunity, but I also look forward to that day when my graduate diploma is in hand.

In my free time (which there is not a lot of), I volunteer with the Southern Arizona Rescue Association (SARA).  My appreciation for the outdoors and my enjoyment for hiking led me to the organization.  After completing one and a half years of technical and medical training, then assisting in the field on rescue missions, I finally was officially promoted last October to full rescue member.  At SARA, we work under the supervision of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and often work hand-in-hand with many agencies. It is a real adrenaline rush and an amazing feeling when our teams rescue a patient off a mountain and get them out of a life-threatening situation.

One day I hope to integrate my appreciation for the outdoors and my understanding of accounting and business into a successful career.

Top photo of Sabino Canyon in Tucson courtesy Shutterstock.