Bio: Hi! My name is Sarah Bixby and I am a recent graduate from Penn State University's Master of Accounting Program within the Smeal College of Business. As a grad of Penn State, I am honored to have received a master’s degree in accounting and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance. Throughout my time at Penn State, I spent many hours as an accounting tutor, helping students navigate courses that I had taken previously. I taught classes of 10+ students through a structured lesson plan, as well as assisting those individually as needed. I was also a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the National Fraternity for Financial Information, where I learned various technological skills, participated in several service and social workshops, and explored career development opportunities through networking. Outside of Penn State, I have been fortunate enough participate in two different internships. In 2017, I interned at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) on the risk analysis team. This role challenged me to conduct several hours of research in order to observe various risks companies were facing in the corporate world. I also assisted a leading advisor in a confidential research effort by attending meetings, verifying spreadsheets and collaborating with PCAOB board members. In 2019, I interned in the Core Assurance Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), specifically in the financial services sector and in the insurance industry. Through this internship, I was able to learn an ample amount about the auditing profession, including the changing technology used to assist in audits and the specific process performed by CPA’s in order to ensure the confidence of the investing public. I was also challenged through the insurance practice specifically, where I had to learn several details that were very unfamiliar to me. In October of 2020, I will be joining the PwC team in their Core Assurance practice, specifically in the financial services industry. I have passed all four sections of the CPA exam and I am working toward achieving a full year of experience in the industry in order to become a Certified Public Accountant.
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