Serold, Amanda

Hometown: Seguin, TX
Major: Accounting
Expected Graduation: Spring 2017
Internship: BKD

What did you like best about your time in Bulldog Investment Company?
I liked the sense of working together as a team the most— more than the individual teams, but the group as a whole. While Bulldog Investment Company is somewhat to be considered a class like any other, it varies from a typical class environment in many ways because of this team atmosphere. Everyone begins to know what to expect from one another, and this makes for a more conducive setting for learning. This was also shown in the leadership of the program. I never felt so unworthy or insignificant that I couldn’t approach you or anyone else from Sather Financial with a question or concern.
What did you like least about your time in Bulldog Investment Company?
Quite frankly, the time commitment was the aspect I liked least. However, I believe there is very little that can be done or should be done about this. BIC requires persistent and continual commitment.. I could say I least liked the significant learning curve, but this can be combatted with time. I could say I least liked staying up until 2:00am with my team every night during presentation week, but again this is a matter of time. With other significant commitments, BIC is very difficult— some work through this, others don’t. 

Why should current students participate in Bulldog Investment Company?
Current students should participate in BIC because they will make valuable connections with peers they otherwise may not have met, and have a tiny peek into the real world before they are forced into it.
What aspects of Bulldog Investment Company prepared you for the “real world?”
BIC helped prepare me in many ways for the real world. I learned a lot about time management through individual and group work. I learned about the benefits of working within a team and working with each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I learned to “question everything” and always do your own research rather than taking everything at face value. And of course, as I will be working within the accounting profession someday, I know the financial statement analysis will be an invaluable help to me.
How did Bulldog Investment Company help you obtain a job?
I was fortunate enough to be in the accounting program at Texas Lutheran University, where several outside accounting firms come to meet us, so my job search went relatively smoothly and simply. However, my experience in BIC helped me give more meaningful answers to the interviewers’ questions about experience and knowledge which I am grateful for.

If you had all the power in the world to change anything about Bulldog Investment Company—what would it be?
I would put BIC into its own little wardrobe world, so that you might step into it and have all the time in the world to totally immerse yourself and have access to any number of resources, and then step back into reality where no time has passed at all.