2017 Best & Brightest: Kari Jurewicz, Michigan State (Broad)

Kari Jurewicz

Michigan State University, Broad College of Business

You will never catch me without a smile!”

Fun fact about yourself: I ran my first half marathon this past summer at Higgins Lake in Northern Michigan and I placed 2nd in my age group.

Hometown: White Lake, MI

High School: International Academy

Major: Accounting

Favorite Business Courses: Intermediate Financial Accounting; Federal Income Tax Accounting; and General Business Law: Law, Policy, and Ethics.

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College

ACTIVITIES

  • Broad College of Business Student Senate: President
  • Principles of Financial Accounting 201: Student Teaching Assistant
  • MSU Volunteer Income Tax Assistant Program: Volunteer Tax Preparer
  • Deloitte Campus Crew: Student Recruiter
  • Broad Scholar Program: Student Researcher and Market Analyst
  • Broad College of Business: Student Tour Guide
  • Day at State: Prospective Student Host
  • Residential Business Program: Member
  • Participant at various public accounting leadership conferences:
    • Deloitte National Leadership Conference, West Lake, TX
    • KPMG’s Fast Forward National Leadership Program, Los Angeles, CA
    • Plante Moran’s Challenge National Leadership Program, Southfield, MI
    • PwC’s Elevate Leadership Program, Detroit, MI
    • KPMG’s Discover Leadership Program, Detroit, MI

HONORS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • MSU Honors College
  • Dean’s List
  • The Hibbert Family Foundation Scholarship
  • Department of Accounting & Information Systems Scholarship
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Recipient – International Academy
  • Community Choice Credit Union Scholarship
  • Michigan State Alumni Club of Oakland County Scholarship
  • Italian American Club of Livonia Scholarship

Where have you interned during your college career? Deloitte, Detroit, MI, Summer 2016: Tax Intern in the Research & Development and Government Incentives Department. I will be a returning intern in the summer of 2017.

Describe your dream Job: My dream job would be to run my own nonprofit company in Detroit. I have grown up in Michigan and lived here my whole life. I love the history, culture, and people. I want to one day give back by doing something I know best, too, which is business.

Who is your favorite professor? My favorite professor is my intermediate accounting professor, Stephen Brigham. His energy and passion for teaching made me realize a future in the accounting profession is exciting.

What did you enjoy most about majoring in a business-related field? I have mostly enjoyed meeting, understanding, and connecting with individuals. Business has allowed me to combine my technical skills and personal skills.

Where would you like to work after graduation? I am excited to have accepted a position in the R&D and Government Incentives Tax Department at Deloitte.

What are your long-term professional goals? I will be getting my master’s in accounting with a specialization in taxation next year, and my goal is to pass the CPA exam within the next year. In the longer term, I hope to receive my MBA and start my own nonprofit company.

“I knew I wanted to major in business when…I took economics in high school and I realized business allowed me to combine my interest in math and people.”

“If I didn’t major in business, I would be…an engineer or a teacher.”

“Before I entered business school, I wish I had known…”Honestly, I do not think I would change what I knew. Entering into business school with a fresh mind, eagerness, and curiosity allowed me to take advantage of every learning opportunity. Not knowing what would happen for my future continuously motivated me to ensure I worked hard for where I wanted it to be.”

What was the happiest moment of your life? The happiest moment of my life was the first time I went camping with my family in Northern Michigan. We had a bonfire on the beach and no one else was there. It is my fondest memory of true happiness and bliss.

Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? My proudest personal achievement was being elected by my peers as President of the Broad College of Business Student Senate. I was honored to be viewed as a leader and a voice for the student body.

What animal would you choose to represent your professional brand? I would choose a pug because they are playful, yet loyal. They are also my favorite animal. If one thing would have to represent my professional brand, I want it to be something I am passionate about!

Who would you most want to thank for your success? My mom and sister; they are the strongest, most independent, and humble women I know. My mom has worked hard her entire life to support me in every way imaginable. Every person she meets, she finds a way to bring a smile to their face. I hope to live every day with her energy and kindness.

My sister, who is in medical school at MSU, is my role model.  She motivates me to be the best version of myself every day. Whenever I need advice or a good laugh, she is my biggest supporter.

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? She made an impact.

Favorite book: The Great Gatsby

Favorite movie: Good Will Hunting

Favorite musical performer: Kenny Chesney

Favorite vacation spot: Frankfort, MI

What are your hobbies? Running, basketball, yoga, cooking, skiing

What made Kari such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2017?

“Kari Jurewicz was without a doubt one of the most invaluable students in our 2017 class at the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Kari embraced the spirit that “Spartans Will!” by standing out in multiple ways. First, she was one of our most high-achieving students in the classroom. As a member of our Honors College, she finished her undergraduate degree within three years and maintained an incredibly high, if not perfect, grade point average.  Second, she was an outstanding leader as the president of our Broad College Student Senate. While holding this position, she very capably moved the group forward in both tangible and intangible ways that will have lasting impact.

Under her leadership, our Student Senate became energized and more productive. She leads by example, by simply doing what needs to be done with positive energy, care for her fellow students, and a smile. Third, she served as an excellent student assistant for our introductory financial accounting course.  In this capacity she was a member of a team of ten students assisting the professor in delivering this course to more than 600 students a semester. She worked ten hours a week in this position, tutoring in the help room as well as performing some administrative tasks associated with the course. I had the opportunity to directly observe Kari tutoring students and noticed her demonstrating patience and creativity in helping the students understand the course material.

The Broad College has greatly benefited from Kari’s involvement. She is an outstanding young woman, and I am confident that Kari Jurewicz will well represent the Broad College at Michigan State University as one of Poets & Quants’ Best and Brightest Graduates of 2017.”

Professor Kathy Petroni
Deloitte/Michael Licata Professor of Accounting
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Broad College of Business
Michigan State University

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