As a member of the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics’ Class of 2021, Emily Mowen, a master of science in business analytics and information management graduate from Wall, New Jersey, has not had the typical final year or commencement at UD due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mowen, and her entire class, have shown incredible resilience, maturity and spirit while adjusting to the many unexpected changes that they have encountered.
Mowen was nominated for this series by UD Professor of Management Information Systems Ryan Rodalunas, who said, “I’ve had the privilege of knowing Emily Mowen in many different roles during her time at UD: as a student in three of my classes, an undergraduate grader and graduate assistant for over two years and a friend. Over the three years I have known Emily, she has grown into a professional young woman who continues to be a model Blue Hen for others. She is a reliable worker who goes above and beyond to help others and grow professionally. Emily will be employed this coming fall with Santora CPA Group in Newark, Delaware as a staff accountant. I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next!”
In this profile, Mowen shared her favorite UD memories, how she has changed during her time at UD and her plans following graduation.
Lerner: How do you think you have changed from your first semester at UD to now?
Mowen: Coming into my first semester of my freshman year, I had very little idea of what I wanted to do with my life and what interested me. Today, I am much more confident and secure in my decision-making and thought process. Instead of being hesitant, I am more comfortable and open to trying new opportunities.
Lerner: What is your favorite place at UD?
Mowen: My favorite place on campus would be the north and south green because the walkways are great for going on a nice run to take a break from schoolwork and relax my mind. Taking in the greenery and trees makes me feel more at home.
Lerner: What is the most memorable course that you took at Lerner?
Mowen: I have had several courses with one of my awesome professors, Professor Rodalunas, who has made the courses MISY261, MISY431/432, and MISY640 the most memorable for me. These courses were actually fun to learn because of how engaging and interactive he made the material.
Lerner: What was your favorite signature UD experience?
Mowen: One of my favorite memories at UD was the first football game I attended my freshman year. It was my first college football experience and that was where I found some of my best friends.
Lerner: What does being a “Lifelong Lerner” mean to you?
Mowen: To me, being a Lifelong Lerner is a super exciting part of the UD community because the network is so big. There will always be a connection to both the university and its Lerner alum which, to me, is the most impressionable and meaningful thing that can happen.
Lerner: What are your plans following graduation?
Mowen: After graduation, I will be working towards my CPA license. My goal is to eventually give back to my hometown community through my accounting and technology services.