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Jamie Steckbeck is an accounting major at SDSU hoping to become a CPA at a Big Four accounting firm. Jamie Steckbeck is an accounting major at SDSU hoping to become a CPA at a Big Four accounting firm.

Jamie Steckbeck’s Aztec Experience

This Aztec is the chair of the Campus Program Funding Committee of Associated Students.
By SDSU News Team

Name: Jamie Steckbeck
Major (Minor): Accounting with a minor in honors interdisciplinary studies
Campus Affiliations: Delta Sigma Pi, Student Accounting Society, Education Opportunity Program Accounting and Statistics Tutor, Campus Program Funding Committee of Associated Students

1. Why did you choose San Diego State University?

I chose San Diego State University because I was born and raised in San Diego, and wanted to stay close to my family. I also chose SDSU because the Lamden School of Accountancy is a terrific accounting program. I knew it would help me reach my goal of becoming a CPA at a Big Four accounting firm, which I have recently accomplished by landing an internship at Ernst and Young this summer.

2. What inspired you to declare your major?

What inspired me to declare my major in accounting was my brother. My brother is a manager at Ernst and Young, and getting to see first-hand the opportunities that accounting has provided my brother inspired me to be just like him and major in accounting.

3. What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

The best piece of advice I have ever received was from the president of Delta Sigma Pi, who said to be confident in everything you do. This has helped me tremendously throughout my college career because it has pushed me to try many things. I have also held leadership positions on campus and need to be confident and command presence.

4. Which SDSU faculty or staff member has been the most influential throughout your SDSU journey?

Seth Kaplowitz, my Finance 240 professor, was my most influential professor. His class was one of the most challenging classes I have taken at SDSU, but it also taught me the value of hard work and how to be ethical in your business decisions.

5. What experience at SDSU has changed your life the most?

Joining Delta Sigma Pi has changed my college career the most. Delta Sigma Pi teaches so many valuable lessons about how to succeed in business, act and dress professionally, perfect my résumé, and how to prepare for job interviews. Along the way, I have also met some of my best friends while being a part of this fraternity. I would not be where I am today without Delta Sigma Pi.

6. What has been your proudest achievement while at SDSU?

My proudest achievement at SDSU was becoming the chair of the Campus Program Funding Committee in Associated Students (A.S.). I am proud of this accomplishment because I have always wanted to hold a leadership role in student government. With this position, it also allows me to help many student organizations seeking funding so I also feel like I am helping other students at SDSU succeed. I am also able to come in contact with so many wonderful people in A.S., which has helped me feel close to my fellow Aztec community.

7. Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I see myself going back to school and obtaining my M.B.A. hopefully at UCLA or University of California, Berkeley. I hope to have also made manager at Ernst and Young, which will be a perfect transition into an MBA program. I also feel that with the experiences I will have gained from the SDSU Lamden School of Accountancy and my professional experiences at Ernst and Young, I will be ready to succeed and excel in my MBA program.

8. What’s your favorite thing about being an Aztec?

My favorite thing about being an Aztec is the sense of community. Whether it’s cheering at the SDSU basketball games or taking a financial accounting course, I always feel connected to my brothers and sisters of the SDSU community. This is why I have tried so hard throughout my years to get involved and help other students because I believe this school has given so much to me. To me, the last few words of our fight song, “S-D-S-U, Aztecs Fight,” mean, as a community, we must help each other fight through our difficulties and help one another along the path to success.  This is why I am proud to call SDSU my home.