Bay Roberts busi­ness stu­dent earns $15K schol­ar­ship

As­pir­ing ac­coun­tant Kayla Snow in last se­mes­ter of MUN com­merce pro­gram

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON edi­tor@CB­N­com­pass.ca

Kayla Snow’s com­mute to school isn’t like that of most Me­mo­rial Uni­ver­sity stu­dents living out­side St. John’s.

While there are those from Mount Pearl, Par­adise, and Con­cep­tion Bay South who choose to stay home rather than move to the city, Snow com­mutes from Bay Roberts to at­tend classes at the St. John’s cam­pus.

“I lived (in St. John’s) my first two years and then I kind of did the math with it, and it was cheaper to drive back and forth than to pay the rent in here,” Snow told The Compass.

Presently com­plet­ing her last se­mes­ter in the busi­ness school’s com­merce (co-op) pro­gram, Snow is ap­par­ently also handy with math when it comes to her stud­ies. The 22-year-old ac­count­ing stu­dent was re­cently named one of 10 At­lantic Canadian busi­ness stu­dents to re­ceive a $15,000 Frank H. Sobey Award for Ex­cel­lence in Busi­ness Stud­ies.

The schol­ar­ship, which aims to rec­og­nize the top busi­ness stu­dents in the re­gion, is based on aca­demic stand­ing (main­tain­ing an av­er­age of at least 85 per cent), en­tre­pre­neur­ial in­ter­est, ex­tracur­ric­u­lar and com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, em­ploy­ment his­tory and ca­reer goals. Busi­ness deans nom­i­nate stu­dents based on those cri­te­ria.

“I got the email just be­fore Christ­mas ac­tu­ally with a let­ter from the (se­lec­tion) com­mit­tee in­di­cat­ing I was se­lected,” she said. “That was pretty ex­cit­ing.”

Snow al­ready knew she was one of two MUN stu­dents in the run­ning for the Sobey award.

“Hon­estly, just get­ting nom­i­nated by the dean, I was pretty shocked by that — that was good alone.”

A grad­u­ate of As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in 2010, Snow al­ways had a mind for math.

“When I was in high school was when I ac­tu­ally started think­ing about what I wanted to do, and my thing was al­ways math. That was al­ways my favourite.”

Her cousin, Bay Roberts na­tive Gary Snow, was al­ready a char­tered ac­coun­tant, and a talk they shared about that line of work helped con­vince Kayla to give it a try.

“When I started the ac­count­ing cour­ses, I re­ally en­joyed them.”

Snow has since com­pleted work terms with Deloitte LLP and Im­pe­rial Oil and plans to pur­sue the char­tered pro­fes­sional ac­coun­tant des­ig­na­tion. She al­ready has a job lined up with St. John’s firm Nose­wor­thy Chap­man Char­tered Ac­coun­tants.

“I’m re­ally glad I did the co-op pro­gram, be­cause I got to feel it out, and I did my first (work term) in public ac­count­ing, and then I thought, ‘Well, maybe I’d like to try some­thing else,’ so I got to try (pri­vate) in­dus­try too.”

Snow‘s con­vo­ca­tion takes place in May.

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