Auburn University provides many opportunities for students to get involved academically outside of the classroom. Kendall Bliss studies Accounting in the College of Business and decided to stay involved by joining an organization that she considers more than just a sign-up sheet.
Beta Alpha Psi is an honor society for accounting majors with a few important requirements.
"Once a student becomes a member of Beta Alpha Psi, 8 hours of community service must be completed and there are meetings once a week that are mandatory," said Bliss.
Beta Alpha Psi is a national honor fraternity with chapters at most accredited universities and is the only accounting honor society for undergraduate accounting majors.
While in Beta Alpha Psi, accounting majors are exposed to local and national accounting firms that will be recruiting them for internships and full time jobs.
"The opportunity to get my name out there is probably my favorite part about Beta Alpha Psi," said Bliss. "I have met a lot of very interesting and intelligent people that are also members and we have been able to network each other."
Bliss is from Oaktown, Virginia and said her 12-hour separation from home has given her a new perspective on her future career in accounting.
"I always thought I would end up back in Virginia after college, but after studying at Auburn and becoming a member of Beta Alpha Psi, I feel like my opportunities are practically endless," said Bliss.
With a smile on her face, Bliss discussed the variety of students who are involved in the honor society. She believes that with each student's help, this honorary society could potentially land her what she describes as her dream job.
"I would absolutely love to work for a major accounting firm like Deloitte & Touche or Ernst & Young, but I never imagined I could actually have those opportunities," said Bliss. "Talking with other students that have the same aspirations as me has motivated me to work towards my dream job and to realize that it is possible for me to achieve my goals."
Networking has become this generations way to open doors they never knew existed. Bliss says she believes Auburn University provides many organizations, clubs and societies to assist students, but that some students are just do not know about their options.
"I am glad that I can be a part of something within the College of Business that is more than just my name on a list," said Bliss. "I wanted to be involved in something that was actually beneficial to my passion for Accounting and I found that in Beta Alpha Psi."
Auburn's College of Business has more than a dozen societies and fraternities they offer to their students.
"I think there are a lot of students who are unaware of the academic involvement they are able to pursue," said Bliss. "So many students focus on things like Greek involvement or the Student Government, but their opportunities to be involved at Auburn are not limited to organizations outside of academics. I would love to get the word out about honorary societies not just in the College of Business, but within all Auburn University."