Viviana Gutierrez is a MACC student at Belmont, and she will be working at HCA this upcoming summer.
1) Hello Viviana, thank you for doing this interview. Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you ended up at the Massey School.
Hello! I was born and raised in Nashville, TN. I went to Hillwood High School, but somehow ended up 5,000 miles away for college! I received my undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Making such a big move forced me out of my comfort zone and opened my eyes to different cultures. After graduating, I wanted to continue to challenge myself and get my masters in accounting. I had always viewed Belmont as a prestigious university when I was in high school, so I knew this is where I wanted to be. The classes offered at Massey School of Business stood out to me because of their size, teacher interaction, and flexibility. I was also impressed with the amount of recruiting during both the spring and fall semesters. After less than 5 months at Belmont, I had already received a full-time job offer post graduation. I am very happy with my choice to attend Belmont University, and I feel more than prepared to start this new chapter in my life.
2) What do you like to do when you aren’t studying for the CPA exams?
When I’m not studying for the CPA exams, I like to go to the gym and hangout with my friends. I think having healthy outlets help balance the workload of studying for school and CPA exams.
3) How do you balance work, school, and your personal life? Do you have any tips for your fellow graduate students?
I think the key to balance work, school, and your personal life is time management. It really helps me to plan out my week ahead of time and mark off what I accomplish along the way. Prioritizing assignments also helps me stay on track with the workload of school and work.
4) What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself in a few years?
I recently signed with HCA, Hospital Corporation of America, as an internal auditor. I am very excited to start working for them in the Nashville office in September. In the next few years, I hope to continue working for HCA and possibly even relocate to a bigger city. Outside of work, I hope to learn Spanish! I think speaking multiple languages will be very beneficial in my career and life.