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Dec. 14, 2016

Faculty helped Nelson develop skills needed for accounting career

Lindsay Nelson has known for a long time that she wanted to be an accountant and launch her career in Kansas City. Her education at Northwest Missouri State University helped her realize those goals.

Nelson completed her bachelor’s degree with majors in accounting, corporate finance and financial computing. Within a couple days of her graduation from the University she begins her career as a staff accountant at Dairy Farmers of America.

Northwest, Nelson says, provided her with a quality and affordable education at a place where she was surrounded by supportive faculty and classmates.

“The faculty, since the classes are so small, they really know who you are, and if you do your work, you’ll get recognized for that,” Nelson said. “The students, they’re very friendly so you get to know each other, and especially as you advance through your major, you really invest in each other and you have to help each other. It’s a really big support system.”

The idea of attending Northwest was never far away for Nelson, who grew up in Maryville. Her father, John, earned a degree from the University in 1988 and owns Bearcat Lumber in Maryville.

When it came time to choose a college, she was attracted to the strong reputation of Northwest’s accounting program. And she could stay close to home.

“My dad and my mom really pushed education growing up, so I value education and I know it’s becoming more important to gain a higher education,” Nelson said. “Plus, knowing I wanted to be an accountant, I needed to learn how to do those things and meet the credentials.”

Nelson developed her interest in accounting as a middle schooler during an assignment that involved writing a research paper about an occupation with which she wasn’t familiar. As Nelson explored the accounting field, she saw a connection to her personality traits and skills.

At Northwest, Nelson made connections with faculty members who helped her apply her skills and deepen her interest in the accounting field. She also practiced her accounting skills as a member of a student auditing team that reviewed Northwest Foundation accounts.

“My major gave me a taste of all the different areas within accounting so I could see which areas were my strengths and which areas I was interested in,” Nelson said. “It guided me to which position I wanted, and it offered a lot of ways to diversify myself.”

Nelson enhanced her social network and took advantage of a variety of co-curricular activities at Northwest, too. She was active in the Accounting Society, the Baptist Student Union and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She served as a peer advisor and co-founded the Investment Club, which later merged with the Financial Management Club.

“Connect with your faculty because they can be a big resource for you, and I am very much an example of that,” Nelson advises other students. “Make friends within your major and other majors because you can really learn a lot from each other.”

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468