Nils Peterson headed to the South for his undergraduate education. The “Michigan blues” had him desiring warmer weather that Clemson offered. He majored in economics and took a job with Edward Jones working in personal finance in St. Louis. But, he wasn’t satisfied. Nils took a job as a ski instructor at Vail Resorts. From there he got a position as an accountant at Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort.
“I fell in love with the work. It seemed that getting my CPA license was the next logical step, so I looked for graduate programs near the mountains.”
Nils drove down from Vail to visit CU and DU.
“DU seemed to want me to be part of the community. Throughout my recruitment and first few weeks in class, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of staff that already knew about me before I had met them. There is sense of community and the communication that happens behind the scenes to ensure students’ success is unparalleled.”
Despite this, Nils wasn’t sure if he could afford DU. But, his scholarship offer made the difference.
“It evened the playing field. With the scholarship, tuition was roughly the same as the in-state price, so the decision was easy.”
Nils was hesitant to return to academia since he’d been out of school for five years.
“If you are removed from academia and think that the MAcc degree is only for those students who are continuing directly from undergrad, you’re wrong. In fact, you may be more prepared with the experience you bring from the real world.”
With his time already in industry, he values the ethical foundation Daniels provides.
“The biggest takeaway so far during my time is building a strong ethical backbone for both my personal and professional life. We live in a world riddled with unfortunate circumstances, but Daniels emphasizes taking the ethical high road.”
Nils road is paved pretty bright these days. He’s just two quarters into the program and already has a job offer from KPMG. He was introduced to the firm at a meet and greet event held by Daniels Career Services.
“I’ve accepted the offer with KPMG’s Deal Advisory team working on financial due diligence and accounting advisory services. Daniels is opening opportunities for me to learn as much as I can in both an academic and practical application. There are countless resources that can prepare anyone for any line of work in the accounting world. Coming back to graduate school was one of the most important decisions in my life.”