An impressive academic record, a full slate of extracurricular activities and a winning attitude make accounting and management senior Jessica Fung the perfect choice for the Bauer College Outstanding Undergraduate for Spring 2008. Fung will graduate from Bauer with a bachelor’s degree, but the connections she’s made with the campus community are the most important part of her undergraduate experience, she says.
In 2007, Fung was a member of a Bauer College team that participated in the Deloitte National Student Case Study Seminar, which invited only six teams nationwide to participate in the competition. She has also been an officer in Bauer Ambassadors and the Accounting Society, as well as a member of Beta Alpha Psi and the University’s Model Arab League.
She is a member of the Bauer Business Honors Program and received the Ted Bauer Student Service Award for 2006. In 2007, she was recognized with the Department of Accountancy and Taxation Leadership Excellence Award. Fung has also balanced her schoolwork with internships with PricewaterhouseCoopers, ConocoPhillips and Protiviti.
In addition to excelling academically, Fung has won the admiration of her professors, including Michael Newman, Director of Accounting Programs. “I have had the pleasure of working with Jessica as a member of the Professional Program in Accounting, as a student and as a member of the UH Deloitte National Student Case Study Seminar Team. Jessica is one of the brightest, most hard working and caring students I have ever had the pleasure and privilege to know and work with, and there is no doubt in my mind that she will be a success at anything she chooses to do,” Newman said.
Although she completes her undergraduate studies this spring, Fung won’t be leaving Bauer College for very long. She will return in the fall to continue her work in the college’s Professional Program in Accounting, where she will pursue a master’s degree.
What made you choose Bauer for your undergraduate degree?
I chose Bauer for my undergraduate degree for three reasons.
The first is I wanted to go to a university that offered the opportunities of a large public university but had the personal feel of a small private university. The combination of the Honors College and Bauer gave me that with smaller classes and a close community of students within the business school.
I also knew that I wanted to become active in student organizations on campus. Bauer offered over a dozen active student organizations that were involved in the inner workings of the school.
Lastly, I wanted to learn in a diverse environment and felt the University of Houston campus provided this opportunity.
What do you plan to do after graduation? What are your future career goals?
After graduation, I plan on completing my Masters of Accountancy degree at Bauer in order to have the accounting hours needed to sit for the CPA exam. In conjunction with my Management degree, I hope to pursue a career that combines my penchant for technical accuracy with my passion for understanding businesses.
Was there a particular professor or person at Bauer that impacted you during your undergraduate studies?
There really wasn’t one person that impacted me during my undergraduate studies; it was a combination of all of my professors, staff, and students that I met while at Bauer. I was able to get involved in the business school early as a freshman, and because of this, I have been fortunate enough to have a variety of mentors who have guided me through my education.
What was the most challenging or difficult aspect of your time at Bauer? How did you overcome this?
The most challenging time for me was during the fall of my junior year. There are so many opportunities in Bauer to get involved and to do different things that, until then, I just wanted to get more and more involved in the school. However, it was during that semester when I realize I was just doing too much. I was taking on more responsibilities as a senior officer in two organizations, and with my upper level classes, it got to be too much. I really had to sit down and figure out what was really important to me, and what to spend my time on. After that semester, I was able to cut down on some of my commitments while still staying involved. While this was a tough semester for me, I am glad it happened because it was during this time that I realized what was really important to me.
What advice would you give to incoming freshmen or transfer students at Bauer?
I would tell incoming freshmen or transfer students to take advantage of the opportunities and resources available to you as a student in Bauer. There are people all over the school wanting to help; you just have to take the initiative. It is easy to go through the motions by just attending classes day in and day out, but your college experience will be much more fulfilling if you fully immerse yourself into Bauer.
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.
About the Bauer College of Business
The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.