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Student Spotlight: Kori Pitts

Kori Pitts
Kori Pitts

As a native of the Eastern Shore, attending Salisbury University was not something that I saw myself doing. It was only a short drive from my hometown, and I wanted to get away. After graduating from Pocomoke High School I ventured off to Virginia Commonwealth University in the city of Richmond, where I began my studies in accounting.

Much different from the intimate environment that I was used to, I quickly discovered that the 100-300 person classroom sizes were not the type of learning environment from which I could benefit. I re-evaluated my purpose for going to college and knew that I needed to put myself in a situation that was best for my future. I came back home and decided to attend Salisbury University because I knew that the Perdue School of Business had an amazing program and would be a great foundation for my future.

Coming to Salisbury is one of the best decisions that I have ever made! I wanted nothing more than to get away from home immediately out of high school, and that mentality almost cost me a lot of great opportunities – opportunities that I would not have had anywhere else!

Just to name a few: I have had the opportunity to work as a student worker in the Dean’s Office. I have gotten hands-on experience in my career path while interning in the Accounting Department at Perdue Farms, Inc. and also while interning as a certified volunteer tax return preparer in the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. I have enjoyed the wonderful experience of being a Student Business Leader, a position that has taught me a tremendous amount about professionalism and has also helped me to grow as a person. From this position, I have been able to hone in on skills like networking, communication and leadership, all skills necessary for a successful career in business. And, the opportunity that I am most proud of is having the chance to interview and extern with the fifth largest public accounting firm in the country, McGladrey, with whom I will be starting my career in a few months.

With graduation only a few weeks away, I look back at my college career and I can honestly say that I am thankful for my decision to attend Salisbury University. One thing that I have learned from my college experience is that the real treasure is not always miles and miles away, sometimes its right in front of you. The Perdue School of Business has presented me with golden opportunities and I am thankful for that!

I plan to become a Certified Public Accountant and move to Baltimore to start my career later this year.

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