David Mancuso

Mancuso
MBA and M.S. in Accounting '10
Hometown: West Hartford, CT
 
Previous education: University of Hartford, bachelor’s in accounting ‘03
 
Work history: full-charge bookkeeper for DirectBuy; financial analyst for Citigroup
 
I was first interested in UT because of its outstanding reputation within the local business community. When I found out that the business school is AACSB accredited it became my first choice as I know how prestigious that is. I started as a part-time MBA student, still working full-time and not sure where I was headed. I had an accounting background but wanted to explore other areas of business. Realizing I wanted to stick with accounting and sit for the CPA I decided to leave my job and pursue the dual degree full-time after one semester. I believe the MBA will give me knowledge in a lot of different areas of business and the master’s in accounting will give me the specific skills necessary to excel in that field.
 
UT has exceeded my expectations as a student. With similar class sizes to where I did my undergraduate degree, I felt comfortable from the beginning. As a professional I knew it was important to further my education but I lacked direction on where I was headed. Thanks to the wonderful faculty and staff I’m now excited about my future.
 
Everyone I’ve come in contact with at the university has seemed interested in me as a person and has helped me realize what my career goals are and revived my passion for accounting. The professors at UT seem highly passionate about their subjects and have all motivated me to learn. I’m also impressed with my fellow students in the grad school. Everyone seems just as motivated as I am to learn and this has made my experience much more pleasant. I have made some life-long friends at UT. A lot of the assignments are group oriented and this has helped me to learn how to work with others and enjoy it at the same time.
 
I plan to take the CPA upon graduation. My background is in accounting and I want to further my knowledge in this field so I can excel as an accountant in the business world.
 
After I graduate and take the CPA test I will look for employment with an accounting firm here in Tampa. I’d like to be a partner in a smaller firm instead of working for a large corporation, because I feel it will help me gain experience in many areas of accounting. My long-term professional goals are to combine my passion for health and accounting, someday owning my own business such as a gym and/or restaurant. I feel UT has given me the knowledge and drive to pursue my dreams.