Miranda (Junfei) Dong
McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia
I chose to pursue an accounting degree because I can learn and utilize my critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I enjoy analyzing financial data to reveal the true story behind business management. I am passionate about learning the impact of financial accounting and tax on the business strategy of multinational companies and small local businesses. Additionally, understanding the underlying purpose of the accounting rules also helps me better understand how the regulation can enhance the information quality for the investors. There are endless learning opportunities in the accounting field.
Last summer, I interned with Ernst & Young in its financial accounting advisory service department. The clients I served were mainly financial institutions, such as major insurance and fintech companies. After studying at the University of Virginia, I learned more about how accounting policy changes can significantly impact a company's financial position and shift management's reporting incentive. Also, I learned about more advanced accounting topics, such as current expected credit losses (CECL), which has better prepared me to serve my future clients. Not only has the program taught me more technical accounting knowledge but also soft skills such as communication and public speaking skills. I am eager to work with fintech, wealth management, and banking industry clients as a financial accounting advisor at Ernst & Young's Los Angeles office.