I have participated in ZGAS's event during the first semester at Baruch College, and it was both informative and fun. Later that day, I filled my application to join this organization as an IC member. I wanted to get more involved in campus, make friends, and seek career opportunities. However, after only one semester here, I realized that ZGAS is much more than that. There is a community full of self-motivated individuals who always generously share information and support each other's growth. Our mission is not only to pursue personal success but also to lift others as moving forward. I am glad that I made the right decision to join this big family. I have everything I've expected for and more.
Why did I join ZGAS? That’s a great question. It wasn’t to expand my network and have more opportunities to meet professionals and recruiters (which I did). It wasn’t to make new friends and work with a great team (which I also did, building my soft skills in the process). It wasn’t even to bolster my resume (which it did). I joined because being part of Baruch and going to ZGAS events promoted my professional development, and I wanted to help others grow in kind. The core reason for joining ZGAS was the opportunity to give back and help others in their career development.
It is definitely a group where you receive the most support, professionally and personally. Coming to Baruch to do Accounting was something new for me, who had a Bachelors' in Applied Mathematics. Starting out fresh again to gain a career in public accounting was very daunting; however, joining ZGAS made my experience feel less scary. I had the support of the club, which gave me opportunities to talk to professionals, and the members, who gave me advice on OCR and my future goals. I wanted to join ZGAS to help myself professionally, but what I've received in return was so much more. ZGAS is a close knit family rather than just a club.
I joined ZGAS in Spring 2020 with the hope of getting more involved in campus life and making a positive difference in the Baruch community. I was also hoping to meet and network with students from other programs beyond my own who were also interested in accounting opportunities. I had always had an aptitude for writing and event promotion, and decided that I could make the greatest impact through joining ZGAS’ Communications Committee. After being accepted, I hit the ground running with drafting the weekly newsletter, internal communications, and promoting events across social media channels. I immediately found the work to be rewarding and having a direct impact. The greatest aspect of joining, however, revealed itself before I even sent the first newsletter. That realization was just how kind and supportive the ZGAS board was to someone like myself, who was not only a newcomer to their club, but also recently transitioning into the accounting field. I could not be more satisfied with my decision to join this close-knit, dynamic organization, where I have made connections that will certainly outlive my time at Baruch. Join this club if you want to truly enhance your graduate school experience and put yourself in the driver’s seat of your professional development.