Sydney SnodgrassGraduating Collat students find that it pays to be well rounded. In order to succeed, students must find opportunities to hone skills they have studied in the classroom. And with a world-class institution and bustling city at their fingertips, it’s easy to excel.

For accounting student Sydney Snodgrass, time in the classroom is only part of her successful undergraduate career. Beyond her stellar accounting GPA, she’s a member of the UAB Women’s Golf Team, which was recently recognized for its achievements at the Conference USA (C-USA) Championships in Florida last month.

Sydney, along with teammates Juliana Sebastian and Kayla Wilbourn, received a total of seven C-USA academic medals and placed on the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll 12 times throughout their time as undergrads.

This summer Sydney will work for FedEx Services in Memphis as a junior associate auditing intern, a highly competitive internship that will allow Sydney to participate in worldwide integrated financial, operational, information system audits and special projects.

Sydney’s journey into accounting, however, wasn’t straightforward. She didn’t know what she wanted to study so she enrolled at UAB as an undeclared freshman. She took Accounting 200, a general business course for undecided majors, and understood the material well. Later, she took Accounting 201, excelled in the course and decided to pursue accounting.

She says accounting professor Chris Edmonds, who taught both her Accounting 200 and 201 classes, was an integral part of why she chose to pursue accounting. He, along with Mark Edmonds, were her favorite professors, she says. 

Now in her senior year, Sydney reflects on the lessons she learned and advice for future students. Students who aren’t sure of their future should focus on their passions “and follow that path no matter what that looks like to other people,” she says.

Time management and setting priorities is crucial, she says. “It is so important that you’ve finished your homework or studied for that test before you go have fun.”

Sydney says she plans to use her internship to guide her into the many different facets of accounting and to find her passion.

“Once I do that, I want to find a job at a great company and work my way up.”