Student Leader Profile: Teja Dabney
August 14, 2018
BATON ROUGE - Master of Accountancy student Teja Dabney will lead the LSU Student Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants Inc. (NABA). Dabney talked to us about her last year at LSU and how NABA helped her thrive.
Hometown: New Orleans
Year: Graduate student
How did you become involved with NABA?
I was invited to one of the professional development meetings by a classmate and friend.
How does your organization serve students? Why should students get involved?
NABA is not just an organization; we’re a family. Our professional meetings give students a chance to network with companies and professionals in a less intimidating environment. We give back to with our community service events, and our socials are definitely memorable. I went from not really having any direction at LSU to getting an internship with one of the Big Four accounting firms and becoming chapter president. There are countless opportunities for growth and progress in NABA, especially when our members are always there to help. I’ve made some amazing connections through NABA. I’m not sure where I would be without this organization. It truly leaves an eternal impact not just on your professional life, but your personal life as well.
Do you have advice for incoming students?
As far as school and LSU, my only advice is to have as much fun as possible and be open to all new experiences, because my years flew by. In terms of general life advice, it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. Don’t be afraid to fail because someone once told me that fear is useless and temporary.
What are you looking forward to this year?
This year is unfortunately/fortunately my last year at LSU, so I plan to make the most of it by living my best life with my friends and family here, because we’ll soon be separated. I’m just looking forward to making more lasting memories here.
Favorite spot on campus?
The LSU Lakes are beautiful. I usually go to either jog or to clear my head, especially during sunset.
How will this leadership opportunity shape your career?
It will help me become more comfortable being in a leadership position and having more responsibility. Also, even presidents don’t run everything by themselves, so I’ll get more experience in planning and working with others. I’m pretty sure that will come in handy when I venture into public accounting. In my internship, I’m learning that nothing is ever done by just one person; everyone works together to complete tasks.
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