Q) You have a background in English and Korean Literature. How did you make the transition to accounting?
A) I studied English and Korean Literature as an undergrad in Korea but it didn't provide a real vocation. My father suggested I go to the United States and study. When I was at The Ohio State University, I took one accounting class, and there I found an answer. I liked how clear and logical it was. Everything had an answer.
Q) What do you find interesting about nonprofit accounting?
A) I went to Tibet as an English Teacher after earning my MBA but before I started working on my PhD. It was a life-changing experience and motivated me to study how nonprofits function. It's very different from corporate accounting. There is not a lot of oversight with nonprofits, and they often don't have enough resources to support a financial area. Many don't have any financial expertise.
Q) What do you do when you're not conducting researching or in class?
A) I spend time with Grace, my 2-year-old baby girl. My husband is at the University of Georgia finishing up his PhD in Marketing, so when he visits on weekend, the three of us go try out all sorts of restaurants in Birmingham. We really love the city.
Q) What apps get the most use on your phone?
A) Facebook and KakaoTalk (free sms app)!
Q) What is the most important skill an accounting student should master before graduating?
A) Being able to reach a conclusion when there is no right answer.