Nils Peterson

Master of Accountancy ’18

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Pre-Daniels Experience: I was a Senior Investment Specialist at Edward Jones, and I also served as an accountant at the Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort.

Current Job Title: Advisory Associated at KPMG

Hobbies: Road biking, backpacking and skiing

Dream Job: Become the CFO for a Fortune 500 company

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What advice do you have for prospective students?

Enjoy the time you have here at Daniels. It’s short, so embrace every opportunity that’s given to you. Before you know it, you’ll be done and wishing you had more time to learn.

Tell us about an “Ah-ha” moment where you put to use what you learned in the classroom.

Learning about fraud models in Managerial Accounting – Topics and Cases has been one of the more applicable lessons in day-to-day life. I’ve been able to utilize what I’ve learned in class to dissect investment opportunities.

What are some of your favorite things to do in or around Denver?

My favorite aspect about living in Denver is having a metropolitan experience just a few minutes from the mountains. Denver provides a great balance for those who want an active city but also the ability to get outdoors. I really like to road bike, and one of my favorite rides is biking to the peak at Lookout Mountain near Golden, CO. Aside from that, I really enjoy exploring breweries with friends.

What surprised you most about business school?

The biggest surprise was how important it was for me to have work experience before coming back to school. Classes are richer when you can come in with some context from your working life.

How do you manage work-life balance while taking classes?

There are certain things near and dear to me that I will sacrifice anything for. One is my dog. No matter what is going on, I always make sure to spend a ton of time with him. The other is to keep a workout schedule. Physical health is so important to your mental health.

How have you evolved as a leader during your time at Daniels?

I started developing my leadership skills in my undergrad career at Clemson. I was able to be a successful leader there, and I’ve tried to apply those skills to my time here at Daniels. The key in any situation as a leader is to be comfortable in front of your peers. Building strong relationships with everyone has been crucial to evolving my leadership skills here at DU.

How has Daniels prepared you to be market-ready?

Daniels provides ample opportunities to meet the “big four” accounting firms. Without that opportunity, it would have been impossible to get my foot in the door.