"My biggest takeaway from college is that you need to work hard in order to get what you want. Undergraduate and graduate classes were not always easy. There were a lot of long nights studying in the library, but they were all worth it. Pace University has all of the tools to make students successful - everyone just needs to take advantage of them."
– Jennifer Giacobbe, Class of 2020

Meet Jennifer Giacobbe '20, a fifth-year student in Lubin’s BBA/MBA Public Accounting program who has been living her #LubinLife to the fullest. This NY Mets Fan has brought her team-playing spirit to the Lubin School of Business, being an active member of our business student organizations and working very hard to land the internships that gave her a winning resume. We talked to Jennifer about what her five years at Lubin have been like and what motivated her to work hard and secure a full-time position with KPMG upon graduation.
 
Why did you choose Pace University and the Lubin School of Business?
I chose Pace University and the Lubin School of Business because I have always had a passion for accounting and Pace has one of the best accounting programs in the nation. The campus is absolutely beautiful and everyone here made me feel like I was at home. The small class sizes were also very appealing because I knew I was going to have a personalized college experience. 
 
As a student in our five-year Accounting program, you’ve completed your undergraduate courses and are now in your final semester as a graduate student at Lubin. What has been your biggest takeaway? 
My biggest takeaway from college is that you need to work hard in order to get what you want. Undergraduate and graduate classes were not always easy. There were a lot of long nights studying in the library, but they were all worth it. I have worked very hard throughout college to get to where I am now and I think that everyone else should do the same. Pace University has all of the tools to make students successful—everyone just needs to take advantage of them. 
 
You have had multiple internships during your time at Pace. What skills did you learn from them? What advice would you give students looking for an internship?  
The biggest thing I have learned is how to be a professional in a work environment. From dressing appropriately for different clients, to writing professional emails, I learned a great deal from my internships. For anyone looking for an internship, I would say put yourself out there. Do not be afraid to apply to as many internships as you can. Being scared of rejection is the worst thing for anyone looking for an internship. When I was in the application process, I only heard back from a few employers (out of the hundreds of jobs that I applied for). Keep trying even when you think you will not find an internship. 
 
What motivates you to work hard? 
My biggest motivations for working hard are my hopes for success and my parents. From a young age, my parents always taught me to work hard and be the absolute best I could be no matter what. Making them proud by working hard is the absolute least I could do. Success is another motivator for me. I think that everyone has a different definition of success. To me being successful means living comfortably. I will continue to work hard throughout graduate school and my career in order to achieve that level of success.
 
What does #LubinLife mean to you? 
#LubinLife means being an active member of the Lubin community. Whether that means going to Lubin Roundtable events or attending a Lubin Business Association meetings, it is important to be involved. #LubinLife also means balancing classes and my social life. Taking class time seriously and having fun at the same time is an important part of the college experience. 
 

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