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Junior Kaylee Richardson is a double major in accounting and financial planning with a career goal to become a chief financial officer. Olivet is her hometown, making the small community of Olivet College the perfect fit. For Kaylee, close relationships with her professors and the chance to play Division III sports were an added bonus.

Hear more about Kaylee’s college journey firsthand:

I chose to study accounting and financial planning because I love math, and accounting comes naturally to me. I plan to sit for the CPA exam upon graduation and then go into private accounting with hopes of becoming a CFO one day. To prepare myself for a successful career, I am establishing connections in the accounting field and developing my leadership and interpersonal skills, which are very important for a CFO to have.

I am a part of the cross country and track and field teams, the Accounting Student Organization (ASO), the Global Citizen Honors Program (GCHP) and the President’s Leadership Institute. I had always enjoyed running in high school, so I decided to run in college as well. ASO and GCHP allow me to become closer with students who have similar academic goals to me, which cultivates even more knowledge and creates a community that makes it easier to learn and grow.

Joining the cross country team has been one of the best decisions I have made at Olivet College. Throughout the last two years, I have learned so much about myself and other people, and I have created lasting relationships with my teammates and coaches. Both Professor Jackie Looser, of the accounting program, and Coach Lutzke, of the cross country and track and field teams, are always there for me, and they continuously go out of their way to make sure I get the most out of  my education and my athletics.

I would encourage a high school student to attend Olivet College because it is such a unique campus full of opportunities that set students up for success in all aspects of their lives. My number one piece of advice to incoming students would be to not be afraid to make new friends and simply talk to new people. You can’t make friends and establish relationships if you don’t talk to people.

My experience as a Comet has made me who I am today because I am more confident and outgoing than I have ever been. I used to be really shy, but as I try new things and am placed in more leadership roles, I am becoming more comfortable speaking up and contributing to the environment around me.

Learn more about Olivet College by contacting the Office of Admission at 800-456-7189 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu.