When Sydney Nelson was a young girl, she had dreams of traveling the world. Now, as a university student and future CPA, she well on her way to making her dreams a reality.
Already, Sydney has spent a few weeks in Ghana and Brazil as part of her university courses.
After her time in Ghana, Sydney decided that she wanted to study abroad for a full semester. Initially, she wanted to cross the pond and spend her semester in England, but a mentor suggested developing her skills in a second language. Sydney took her mentor’s advice and just crossed the southern border of the United States instead - improving her Spanish and learning about accounting and international business while interning with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Querétaro, Mexico. For most people, the adjustment to working in advanced accounting in an unfamiliar culture (and language!) might have been a problem, but Sydney was up for the challenge. In no time, she was a valuable asset to her international audit team.
When she’s not spending time in other countries, Sydney stays busy in the United States. On campus, she is the Vice President of Membership of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), the President of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and has been one of the Student Assistants in her accounting department since her freshman year. She also is working toward graduating with honors. Off campus, she is in her second summer interning with PwC. In her free time, she enjoys playing and watching sports, spending time with her friends and making new ones, and sleeping.
Sydney is looking forward earning her CPA license. “I will have accomplished one of the major milestones in my life by becoming a CPA.”
With her CPA credential in hand, Sydney wants to be a Partner or CFO. She also dreams of serving on the board of a not-for-profit organization and on NABA’s national board. Mostly, though, she wants to be in a position where she can help others. “I believe that we are all put on earth to serve others. I want to be in a role where I can create and lead change; where I can reach my hands back and pull others with me. I hope that I can help others become better than they are.”
The AICPA Legacy Scholars Program was a perfect fit for Sydney – helping her achieve her goal of CPA-hood while allowing her to give back to her community. As part of her AICPA Legacy Scholars project, Sydney was able to go back to her alma mater and speak to three junior-level accounting courses. She gave a presentation about how she chose accounting as a major and the many opportunities that are available through a degree in accounting.
With her diligence and determination, there’s no question that Sydney will be a force for good no matter where in the world she ends up.