Academics

Meet Mahum Chaudhry (M.S. in Accounting ’21)

UVA McIntire's M.S. in Accounting Program is easing the grad student's transition to the professional world.

Hi! I am Mahum Chaudhry—a nobody trying to be somebody. Born and brought up in Lahore, Pakistan, I have a determination to succeed that led me to the United States of America to study accounting at the University of Southern Mississippi.

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” This simple yet powerful statement by Benjamin Franklin has stuck with me throughout high school and university. Whether it is about my personal or professional goals, I believe everything can be achieved with hard work. Challenges inspire me. The thought of starting something I do not know how to finish and trying something new get my adrenaline pumping. After all, any limitation is just our imagination.

In an era in which the digital revolution and Silicon Valley dominate the limelight, public accounting remains one of the few traditional fields that continue to adapt to this new age while maintaining a foundational pillar of global finance and business. A simple equation, “assets = liabilities + equity,” serves as a useful tool for tabulating finances, and in this respect, accounting has not changed. Whether you are buying ice cream or an iPhone, managing a gas station or a tech giant, accounting makes the world go around. The financial realm of transactions permeates every phase of our lives and has lasting repercussions on our society. This is why I want to pursue a career in accounting, to become part of this process.

My love for accounting only grew stronger over the years through a rigorous study of its nuts and bolts during my undergraduate program. With all its resources and exemplary teaching professionals, the M.S. in Accounting Program at the McIntire School of Commerce will now prepare me to take on the competition and challenges that exist within public accounting, easing my transition to the professional world.

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