Alyssa Joseph

Class Year

’15

Hometown

Chicago

Major(s)

Accounting

Minor(s)

Economics

“I chose Carthage for very intrinsic reasons,” says accounting major Alyssa Joseph. As a high school senior in Chicago, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her future, but she knew she wanted a small school and a liberal arts education.

“The second I arrived at Carthage for my first visit, I knew it was the right fit,” she says. “It was a beautiful campus full of passionate and friendly people who truly cared about helping me get on the right path.”

It didn’t take Alyssa long to decide to major in accounting.

“At times the course load is challenging, but there is nothing quite like the euphoric feeling that you get when a cash flow balances after an hour’s worth of journal entries and T-account posting,” she says. “Accounting is not for everyone. It’s for those who truly love problem-solving and hard work.”

She is currently working as an internal audit intern at Jockey International, headquartered right here in Kenosha.

“This internship has done exactly what an internship is supposed to do,” she says. “It has given me valuable real-world business experience. I have grown personally and as a young professional. Additionally, I can now say with clarity that I am firmly set on pursuing a career in auditing.”

“The second I arrived at Carthage for my first visit, I knew it was the right fit. It was a beautiful campus full of passionate and friendly people who truly cared about helping me get on the right path.”

Alyssa Joseph, ’15

Career goal

“I hope to launch my career in auditing with a public accounting firm in the Chicagoland area. Within two years after graduation, I hope to earn my CPA designation. This will allow me many opportunities in the business world.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

Julie Dawson inspired me to pursue my degree in accounting. The first day that I walked into Financial Accounting, I knew she would have a great impact on my life. Her enthusiasm for the subject matter and passion for helping her students was inspiring. As my advisor, she has a warm personality and is always willing to give out great professional and personal advice.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class here at Carthage was Women in the Literary and Visual Arts. This was a Carthage Symposium class taught by English professor Pamela Smiley and art professor Carolyn Hudson. It was an inspiring class that really opened my eyes to the criticism and hardships that women have faced for centuries and still face today. It really made me appreciate the fact that in today’s day and age, I have the opportunity to prove myself in the business world.”

Campus involvement

“Two of the most valuable experiences I have had at Carthage did not take place in the classroom. During my junior year, I had the opportunity to be the Volunteer Income Tax Assistants chairman for the Carthage Accounting Association. VITA is an IRS-sponsored program that trains students in preparing basic income tax returns. Once certified, students volunteer to help low-income families prepare tax returns free of charge. It is a great program that not only teaches the technical basics of tax return preparation, it also allows students to interact with clients and develop important soft skills. I also had the opportunity of being the Carthage Enactus team’s Director of Project Development. Enactus is a project-based organization that focuses on implementing action plans to help an identified need within the community. As the Director of Project Development, I was in charge of the administrative needs of the team’s portfolio of projects.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class was Individual Taxation. There are many rules and concepts that you have to remember to complete a simple problem. It’s the first class I have taken that I’ve had to extensively reread the assigned chapters just to understand a concept.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I am the current internal audit intern at Jockey International. In this position I have learned a lot. I’ve been able to contribute to many important risk-based audits and have even been able to lead a few audits of my own. This internship has done exactly what an internship is supposed to do. It has given me valuable real world business experience. I have grown personally and as a young professional. Additionally, I can now say with clarity that I am firmly set on pursuing a career in auditing.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite memories are the cozy movie nights in with friends. There’s nothing like a Papa John’s pizza and a funny movie to spark memorable conversations.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is probably Starbucks. It’s a great place to do homework and chat with friends.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise in my college career is the fact that I am now an accounting major. I never in a million years thought it would be an area of study I would find so interesting.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“My 8-year-old self would be disgusted that I’m not pursuing the fast-paced and action-packed life of an international spy. Instead I want to be in a math-based profession? Ew.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Only take it on if you’re prepared to work hard. Find a study buddy to bounce ideas off. You’ll need it.”