As a member of the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics’ Class of 2022, Clare Dixon, an accounting and finance double major from Merrick, New York ,has not had the typical student experience at UD due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dixon, and her entire class, have shown incredible resilience, maturity and spirit while adjusting to the many unexpected changes that they have encountered as students. Each installment of this series will profile an outstanding member of this class, showcasing their achievements, experiences at UD and what it means to be a Blue Hen.
Dixon was nominated for this series by UD Instructor and Associate Chairperson of Accounting Debra Dragone, who said, “Not only is Clare an excellent student with a 4.0 in her accounting major courses, but she is pleasant and always willing to help! Along with her extracurricular activities at UD, Clare has been the coordinator for the Peer Tutoring Program for Accounting 207 and 208. She manages between 15 to 18 tutors with weekly schedules and sends communications to our faculty and students when needed. She is a department grader and proctor. Her service to the department has been appreciated and we enjoyed working with her. Clare will be leaving us to enter public accounting.”
In this profile, Dixon shared her favorite UD memories, how she has changed during her time at UD and her plans following graduation.
Lerner: How have you grown from your freshman year at UD to now?
Dixon: When I started my freshman year at UD, I was unsure if a business major was the right decision for me. After these past four years I can confidently say that I have learned more than I could have ever imagined. I networked with other students, faculty, as well as accounting firms which ultimately led me to a full-time position. I am extremely grateful for my experience at UD and I would do it over again in a heartbeat!
Lerner: Were you involved in any extracurricular activities? If so, how did they shape your experience at UD?
Dixon: I am an active member of the Alpha Phi Sorority on campus, as well as the accounting tutor coordinator for the accounting department. Being a sister of Alpha Phi allowed me to meet some of my lifelong friends, as well as give back to the community with the philanthropy events that Alpha Phi organized. As a tutor and the tutor coordinator, it was a great experience to be able to help other students with their studies and allow them to learn as much as possible!
Lerner: What does being a “Lifelong Lerner” mean to you?
Dixon: Being a “Lifelong Lerner” means always remembering the experiences and opportunities UD and the Lerner College has presented to me. Although I will not always be a student at UD, I hope to give back to Lerner college as an alum and provide resources for students that I benefited from during my time at UD.
Lerner: What was the most memorable course that you took at Lerner?
Dixon: My most memorable class I took at Lerner was ACCT351 Business Law with Professor Roger Coffin. Business law is such an interesting class to take and I really value all I learned during my time in that class. I especially value all of the life advice Professor Coffin gave us in every class. It is very refreshing to discuss topics that relate to our lives after graduation. I appreciate all of the advice and stories Professor Coffin told us and I will remember it forever!
Lerner: What was your favorite UD experience?
Dixon: My favorite UD experience was meeting some of my best friends through my accounting classes. Even when we were studying for hours in the library, it was still so much fun and I made amazing friendships. It is so important to have a support system inside and outside of the class and I am forever grateful for them!
Lerner: What are your plans following graduation?
Dixon: In September I will be starting as an Audit Associate at KPMG in their NYC office!