Beta Alpha Psi
Membership in the accounting student honor society, Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) requires a minimum of 15 hours of service per year. Members can rake leaves, swing a hammer at Tippie Build, prepare income tax returns at VITA, and much more.
Kelsey Lawrence, a fourth-year accounting student, opted to rack up her volunteer hours by tutoring fellow business students at the Tippie College of Business.
“I really like to help people understand accounting concepts,” she explains. “Accounting is really logic-based, so I feel once you get it, you really get it.”
She’s quick to realize that not everyone is as passionate about accounting as she is.
“I like accounting more than I expected to, but accounting can be really daunting and sometimes overwhelming. I try to understand how others perceive these concepts. Understanding their perspective really helps me to help them learn.”
It’s not unusual for Kelsey to tutor a handful of students each semester and she typically meets with students with more frequency during test time.
She encourages any student who is struggling to ask for help. “If you’re sitting in class every day and you do not understand concepts, then be proactive and get help. Tutors really make a difference.”
After graduation in December, Kelsey plans to begin an internship at Grant Thornton in Kansas City, and then enroll in the Master of Accountancy program at the University of Iowa.