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Ajenae Barrier


Undergraduate School/degree:

NC State, B.S. Mathematics

Background – where are you from originally?

Concord, NC

Past work/leadership experience/activities in college

I recently had a summer internship with Grant Thornton as an audit intern as well as a winter internship with RSM. During my undergrad career at NC State, I spent my time as a treasurer for the Red Terrors Soccer Support Club and as the financial coordinator for the Empowering Minds Mentoring Group for which my family co-founded.

What type of job would you like to have after completing the MAC Program?

I would like to have a job as an Audit Associate after I graduate the MAC program.

Do you have any advice or tips you would like to give prospective students looking at applying to MAC programs?

When looking at different MAC programs, I would suggest going where you most feel accepted and supported. I believe the MAC program will be challenging and having that support and belonging will help you succeed wherever you decide to go.

Why did you choose the NC State MAC Program?

I chose NC State because I knew the accounting program here and felt that it was the best for me. I know some of the professors and I know most of the technical aspects that are used here at NC State. With a challenging program, such as the MAC, my top priority was support and comfortability especially during a pandemic. Since I already knew how well NC State supported their students during the pandemic, I felt that it was the best place to go considering how unpredictable COVID was.

What are your expectations while attending the MAC Program?

While attending the MAC program, I expect to be challenged in ways that I haven’t been before. While I’ve had two audit internships before, I expect to get more experience in the audit area of accounting as well as the tax side. I also expect to meet a ton of new people and make connections that will last a long time.

What are you looking forward to the most while in the Program?

I am most looking forward to networking and meeting others that I will build long-lasting relationships with. I believe networking is essential, especially when entering the business world, and that you can never meet enough people.

I am so excited to get back to NC State and can’t wait to start my graduate career. GO pack!