West Virginia University
Justin Collins is a student in West Virginia University’s Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program. He became interested in accounting while researching careers at Shepherd University, and after learning about the profession from the school’s accounting club decided it was aligned with his talents and interests. Justin later became the club’s president, a role which involved organizing professional development and networking events for accounting students. He also gained experience through several internships, including with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Finance Center, which motivated him to pursue a master’s degree. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Shepherd University with a BS in Accounting, he began his studies in the MAcc program at WVU. While attending WVU, Justin works as a teaching assistant for undergraduate accounting courses. This work has led to an interest in becoming a professor, a move he would like to make later in his career after gaining experience in public accounting. That professional experience will begin at Hottel & Willis, a firm he previously interned with and has accepted a job offer from after graduation. Justin strives to put his best efforts into his work, academic and professional, and is on the path towards attaining his CPA license.