8 Questions with Lyvier Elizalde
Lyvier Elizalde, Accounting ’15 and Master of Accounting ’16
By Shawna Weltsch
Lyvier Elizalde graduated with a degree in accounting from the Eller College just under one year ago. Now, she prepares to graduate with a Master of Accounting in May 2016. Take a look at her responses to our 8 questions to find out more about her Eller experience.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Nogales, Arizona.
Why did you choose the UA?
I followed my sister’s footsteps. She was the first in our family to graduate from a university, she has always been my role model. The UA was also the closest to my hometown.
What’s your major and when do you plan to graduate?
I graduated with my bachelors in accounting in May 2015. In May 2016, I plan to graduate with a master’s of accounting.
What made you choose your major?
When I applied to Eller, I declared marketing as my major. During my marketing internship in Barcelona, Spain, I thought about how much I enjoyed the intro to managerial accounting class. I got a ‘thrill’ when things balanced, I still do. When I came back to the States, my major was accounting.
What type of relevant professional experience have you had?
I accepted the Launch Internship, a two-year internship, with Ernst & Young (EY) my junior year. I completed the first year of my internship in Phoenix. For the second year, I was accepted into EY’s Global Student Experience (GSE) Program. The GSE program allows students who have accepted an internship with EY to have an international assignment in an EY office abroad for four weeks. I was fortunate to complete my second internship in Brisbane, Australia.
How have you been involved on campus?
Eller Unity Board – Chairman of PR & Marketing and Secretary
Business Careers Awareness Program, EY – Resident Assistant
What have your involvement and professional experience taught you?
Be myself. As cliché as it sounds, my professional experiences have taught me to be proud of who I am and where I came from. I learned that confidence comes with experience and time.
What do you plan to do after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to study, study, and study for the other parts of the CPA exam. By September 7th, I will be working full-time with EY in the Phoenix office.
Top photo courtesy Makenzie Gash.