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Quick Facts

Name: Stephanie Quintero

Class of: 2012

Hometown: Miami, FL

Major: Legal Studies in Business

Current Occupation: Tax Accountant

Words of Wisdom: Try to take one class a semester that’s just for you.

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Tax Accountant
Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP

Tell us about yourself. How did you come to Tulane?
Tulane first caught my attention when I learned I was lucky enough to have earned a merit scholarship. After my visit I learned Tulane had everything I was
looking for in a school: strong educational programs, a volunteer aspect,
Greek Life, history, culture, and a strong community feeling.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Management, Legal Studies in Business        2012
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Master of Accounting                                                                                       2013
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Present Day

What do you do?
·    Prepare individual, corporate, and partnership tax returns as well as returns for foundations and gifts
·    Understand and prepare for general industry issues that impact clients
·    Perform basic analysis and analytical comparisons
·    Prepare and complete paperwork utilized to prepare the actual return
·    Assist in the projections for year-end filing
·    Prepare and file quarterly estimates

What skills do you use regularly?
·    Accounting degree
·    Excellent time-management skills
·    Researching skills
·    Organizational skills

How did you get where you are today?
I was originally planning to move home to Miami to work for a firm for which I had previously interned. However, I decided that I wanted something different in the spring of my senior year. I researched several different firms, sent out my applications, and had interviews toward the end of May and beginning of June. My decision to accept a job offer from Anchin over other job offers was based on a long-standing family history as well as the firm's community atmosphere.

What are some of the pros of your current position or role?
·    Excellent learning opportunities
·    Great support from superiors as well as my colleagues
·    Located in the heart of Manhattan
·    Great exposure to different areas of tax field
·    Flexibility with your schedule
·    Great HR activities

What are some of the cons?
The only con I have to mention is a reality of the industry standard. While I love my job (and I really do love it), as you might expect the hours are long and hard during "Busy Season.”

Undergraduate Experiences

What insights did you have during your college years?
I learned that, while I love to be involved in everything, it’s not in my best interest to overextend myself. That being said, college is where you’re supposed to become the person you want to be, and it’s important to try lots of new things as you’re figuring things out.

I also learned that I’m a horrible dancer – always have been, always will be! But I love the way it looks and admire those who can dance well. My senior year my best friends and I decided to sign up for Modern Dance, a two-credit class. I’m sure I looked ridiculous, but it was something I’d always wanted to try and I had a blast.

What academic advice would you offer incoming first-year students?
Do your research and plan ahead. Look at your major requirements. If you have three 6000-level requirements, avoid taking all three at the same time – instead, figure out how you can space them out. Also, try to take one class a semester that’s just for you. Even if it doesn’t count for a particular requirement, it will count toward your total hours. I think it’s important to always have at least one class a semester that you genuinely look forward to attending.

Discuss a class that had a significant impact on you.
I loved my Jewish Studies classes. I think a lot of that had to do with my professor, Michael Cohen. I took several seminars with him that forced students to look at the theories he presented in a new light. Seminars are great because they provide an open and intimate setting to discuss particular details of a topic that may be glossed over in a large lecture class.

I also loved my Mock Trial class with Sanda Groome. This taught me how to work with all different kinds of people and how to get my point across effectively. (I've already applied to law school, and I plan to attend in the fall of 2014.) If the class sounds intriguing, I’d encourage you to check it out.

What do you wish you had known as an incoming freshman?
College is hard. Just because you've always been a good student doesn’t mean that the same methods will still work you. If they don't, you’ll need to adapt and find new ways to make things work.

Lagniappe

What kept you busy on campus?
I was very involved throughout my Tulane experience. I worked on campus at the Tutoring Center, the Academic Advising Center, and the Reily Student Recreation Center. While working for me was a necessity, it also taught me how to manage my time. Working at the Tutoring Center helped me in that being there constantly reinforced many of the elementary details of what I was studying. Working in the Advising Center helped me develop my customer-service skills – it was also a great place to get to know people, and I loved being able to help my fellow students and point them in the right direction. I was also very involved with both Greek Life and community service. I served in officer positions for my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, as well as for Tulane's co-ed national service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega.

Do you have any other recommendations?
·    Get involved and take advantage of everything Tulane (and New Orleans) has to offer. Join a club – you don't have to be president of the organization (unless you want to be). If you can’t find a club you're interested in, consider starting your own. I guarantee you there are other people on campus who are interested in the same things you are.
·    Go to office hours. I cannot stress this enough. Also, make a point to get to know your professors. Most of my professors were cool people, and I plan to keep in touch with some of my favorites.
·    Work on your presentation skills – especially if you don't like public speaking. At some point or another you’re going to need those skills.
·    Grades are very important, but they aren’t the only thing that matters.
·    If you're undecided as an incoming freshman, speak with some older students and – of course – your Academic Advisor. There were a lot of majors I didn't even know existed until I started working at the Advising Center.
·    Take advantage of all of the resources available to you at Tulane. If you have a question or problem, someone on campus can help you.

What else is on your mind?
·    Network, network, network! It really is all about who you know. Plus, who doesn't love getting to know new people?
·    If you're moving to a new city, try to learn something about it beforehand and explore it once you get there – you'll always have something to talk about it!
·    Always dress to impress – it’s usually better to be overdressed than underdressed.
·    Don't be afraid to apply for a job because you’re worried you won’t get it – you might be the exact person they are looking for. That being said, don't apply for something without adequate preparation. Always put 110% into your applications. Even if they don't think you’re a good fit for a particular position, they may consider you for another position or put you in contact with someone who can help you.

 

Contact information

LinkedIn: Stephanie Quintero
Email: squinte@tulane.edu
Facebook: Stephanie Quintero – Tulane, Gulliver Preparatory, Miami

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