Student Leader Profile: Kyle Mancuso
August 15, 2018
BATON ROUGE – Senior Kyle Mancuso is the new president of the Phi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. He shared his thoughts on his organization, the benefits of student involvement and the importance of going to class.
Hometown: Slidell, Louisiana
Major: Finance with minors in entrepreneurship and internal auditing
How did you become involved with Beta Alpha Psi?
Our organization is open to finance, accounting and ISDS majors. My friend was vice president at the time and recommended that I check it out. I went to a couple of meetings and decided that I would stick around.
How does your organization serve students?
Beta Alpha Psi provides opportunities for development of technical and professional skills to complement university education; participation in community service; and interaction among students, faculty and professionals.
Why should students get involved?
Students should get involved with our organization to supplement their professional development outside of the classroom, specifically if they are interested in accounting. We provide ample opportunities to network with professionals through weekly informational meetings sponsored by the field's top organizations. We organize events to give back to the community through service projects. We host opportunities to hone interview and résumé-building skills.
Do you have advice for incoming students?
It’s okay to be unsure about what you want to do later in life, so you should take classes that interest you; it's hard to make yourself show up to a class that completely bores you. The other side of that advice is that you do actually have to go to class. You're paying for an education and the easiest way to stay ahead is to show up each day ready to work.
Don't focus just on classes. Find time to join an organization that interests you, whether it be in the form of an intramural team (I was captain of my intramural kickball team, and we only won a single game.), a social organization or a fraternity/sorority. These are all great opportunities to enjoy yourself while still collecting valuable skills and knowledge that can help you stand out to an employer. Through involvement, you can develop skills like leadership, team-building, communication and organizing.
What are you looking forward to this year?
This year I'm most looking forward to one last football season as a student. I have had season tickets every year that I've been here, and this one will be no exception.
Favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on LSU's campus is probably the LSU Lakes. Finding a better view at dawn/sunset is hard; it's the perfect spot on a sunny day if you like to be out on the water.
How will this leadership opportunity shape your career?
Serving as president of Beta Alpha Psi will undoubtedly help my career as I want to be an internal auditor/consultant. Beta Alpha Psi is a highly respected organization in the field of accounting. I moved up from treasurer to president this semester; both roles show that I have leadership experience and can handle outside responsibilities while still working more than 30 hours a week. The experience will serve me well when applying for jobs.
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