Student Spotlight: Marion Brisport
While she has always liked numbers, Marion Brisport first enrolled in a pharmacy program in her home country of Guyana, South America.
“When I was in high school, my parents were pushing me toward a science field,” she said. “While I liked chemistry and math, I discovered that I was not a fan of biology.”
With a relative in Glen Ellyn, and an older sister and brother who attended College of DuPage, Brisport enrolled at COD and began to pursue accounting. She learned about the Mary T. Washington Wylie internship preparation program in her Managerial Accounting class through former Professor Kathy Horton.
“It’s important to me that my students are aware of opportunities like this program,” Horton said. “Marion did an outstanding job in my course and certainly deserved the honor.”
Sponsored by the Illinois CPA Society, the prestigious Mary T. Washington Wylie Accounting Internship Preparation Program is for African American and other underrepresented minority students who have at least a 3.0 GPA and a sophomore or junior standing. Brisport was one of only 25 college or university students in Illinois selected to participate in 2013, with each receiving a $500 scholarship.
The three-day training program gave participants an opportunity to interview for a paid internship with a prestigious Chicago accounting firm. Brisport interviewed with Ernst & Young and KPMG, while other participating firms included Crowe Horwath, Deloitte and Grant Thornton.
“It was a beneficial and fun opportunity,” she said. “We listened to presentations from accounting professionals and had an opportunity to network. It was great meeting other students who were like me.”
Brisport, who was a member of both Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Beta Gamma, graduated with her Associate in Arts degree in 2013 and transferred to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She secured a winter 2014 internship with KPMG, and it went so well that she received a job offer to work there as an auditor once she graduated, which she did in 2015 with her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and with University Honors (Bronze Tablet). She currently is studying to take the four parts of the CPA exam and begins as an audit associate at KPMG in August.
“Accounting is not just about numbers, and I’ve always liked that,” she said. “I even enjoy the homework, so I know I can make a career out of it! College of DuPage really helped me toward accomplishing this goal. I had great teachers, and everyone was so helpful and organized. I can’t thank them enough.”
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