An integral part of the Pace Path is providing students with realworld experience before graduation. Gabriela Singh recently began her fourth internship, this time at Big Four accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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and academic goals. Building on the successful experiences of students like Singh, the plan also includes co-curricular activities in which they will try to participate and mentors who can help guide them, including faculty, alumni, and professionals in their chosen field. The Pace Path template expands on what was previously done by seniors like Singh, who participated in the Lubin School of Business’ expression of the Pace Path known as the Lubin Professional Experience, by combining academic planning with other achievements and activities that students will accomplish during their time in college, and placing the information in a universal template.
A new component of the Pace Path, the Pace Path Personal and Professional Development (4PD) series takes the learning experience beyond students’ curriculum. Workshops are available to freshmen during their spring semester. Led by faculty and staff, they teach
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personal and professional skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, reducing mathematics anxiety, and more, and aim to provide students with a readiness for their professional experience, which often begins sophomore year. “Anytime I’ve taught a workshop like this to seniors, they often tell me ‘I wish I knew this sooner,’” says Evans.
A significant component of the Pace Path is providing students with valuable educational opportunities outside the comforts of the classroom. Potential co-curricular activities and goals are listed in each student’s four-year plan, as well as action items to achieving the goals. “To qualify as a Pace Path activity, it must have duration, so it can’t be a one-shot deal. The student must show a final work product and the activity must have supervision,” says Evans. The work product can be anything from an essay to a performance.
As Singh’s version of the Pace Path began to take shape, Beta Alpha Psi served as a major vehicle for her own experiential learning. Joining the academic honors organization, which Singh currently serves as vice president of, requires a year-long application process, and includes participation in activities outside of school studies. Once a student is accepted, Beta Alpha Psi requires professional development hours and community service. “Beta Alpha Psi, which is part of the Lubin School of Business, is working with the Pace Path to be sure we’re aligning with its mission,” says Steven Mezzio, assistant clinical professor of accounting, Beta Alpha Psi faculty adviser, and Lubin School of Business representative on the Pace Path Committee. One way in which Singh and other students in Beta Alpha Psi prepare for the workplace is through experiential learning at regional and national chapter competitions. “This teaches them to work as a team and builds presentation skills. It’s a great way to prepare for the workplace,” says Mezzio. Another avenue of experiential learning is completing internships. “The Career Services Department was my first step when applying to internships,” says Singh. As one of the largest internship placement programs in the New York metropolitan area, Career Services provides students who utilize this resource access to more than 3,000 employers in a variety of industries from business to entertainment to accounting, as well as a better job placement rate by making them “market ready.” “All of my four internships were applied to through Career Services, which was very helpful,” says Singh. These include tax internships at Berdon LLP and EisnerAmper LLP, an audit
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