Gregory '15 knew early on that the world was filled with endless opportunities, and he also knew college could help him discover several interests he would have never considered before.
As a first-year student, he decided to attend a community college near his hometown of Madison, Connecticut, as a first step to seriously examine his interests. While at home, he also worked as a stock manager for Landon Lumber Company; he enjoyed his time at the family-owned business, and decided to study business management. After becoming friends with an accounting major and liking the idea of working with numbers, he took a few accounting classes, loved them and decided to change his major.
But, he felt that something was missing from his academic experience. He enjoyed working and going to school, but he craved the on-campus experience and wanted a taste of city life. During the spring semester of his first year, Gregory applied to Emmanuel. His cousin attended Emmanuel and always spoke highly of the College; he planned a visit based solely on her word. "It sounded like an amazing place," Gregory said. "When I came to campus, I instantly fell in love. I just love the charm that it has. It's a beautiful campus."
The location, size and student-teacher ratio made Emmanuel seem like the right choice for Gregory, so he applied. After being accepted, he was happy to hear that all his credits transferred, and he quickly signed up for classes at Orientation.
"I highly encourage people to go to the Orientation, because that's where I really started to meet people," he said. "Class is great, but getting involved really changes your experience."
Fortunately, Gregory had a smooth transition to Emmanuel as his two roommates were both transfer students as well. He met them during Orientation, along with many others.
He quickly found his place, applying to be the Class of 2015 Treasurer for the Student Government Association (SGA) - after a year in that position, he became the executive treasurer for the student organization.
For his major, Gregory landed an internship at Robert Goodman, P.C. in Newton Center, Mass. At the firm, Gregory worked on data entry and management of client documents in a software system for the certified public accountants (CPAs) to review.
Back at home, Gregory expressed an interest to the Landon Lumber Company of potentially advancing from stocking shelves to bookkeeping. The company liked the idea and promoted Gregory to an accounting associate position where he possessed accounts payable, posted payments and receipts to the general ledger, applied accounts receivable payments to accounts and counted cash; he worked at Landon Lumber during the summer and other breaks throughout the academic year.
Despite his interest in accounting, Gregory's pursuits weren't limited to business-related fields. At one time, Gregory wanted to be a firefighter, and became a senior volunteer firefighter at the Madison Hose Company No. 1 in his hometown. Gregory began volunteering as a fireman at the age of 16; his grandfather, father, uncles, cousins and two sisters have all been a part of the Madison firefighting crew.
"It's a great group of people," he said. "We have meetings and drills, so we're always working together. It's a great team to be a part of." Between his jobs and internships, Gregory gained both life and workplace experience.
"If there's anything I've learned in my four years of college, it's not what you know, it's who you know. Network. Network. Network. Make those connections - that's pretty much what landed me the internship at Robert Goodman," Gregory said, who received help getting the internship from Associate Professor of Management and Chair of the Department of Business and Economics Patricia Clark.
Gregory said he's definitely glad he transferred to Emmanuel, because he was able to be involved...and, he thought the College was "perfectly placed," being right next to Fenway Park.
Interested in Accounting?
Emmanuel's accounting major provides thorough and personalized preparation in the theory and practice of accounting, with relevant coursework that combines management theory, financial analysis and principles of accounting. And what's learned in the classroom is put into immediate practice through valuable internships in Boston's Financial District, with opportunities to engage in real-world experiences at vibrant technology start-ups and established game-changers, as well as at storied non-profits, hospitals and cultural institutions.