Lucy Soto is a fourth-year, first-generation student studying accounting at Fisher. She attended St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus wherethrough the, through the Latinx Space for Enrichment and Research (LASER) Program, she was able to learn about many of the opportunities that Ohio State offered. The program is dedicated to mentoring Latinx high school students in central Ohio.
Thanks to accounting-focused elective classes in high school, Lucy discovered a passion for the industry. She remains convinced that accounting was a great career choice, as it utilizes her interest in structure as well as her analytical skills.
At the Fisher Fall Frenzy during her second year, Lucy discovered the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), which was formerly the Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA). She co-directed the creation of ALPFA from HBSA, which allowed organization members to take advantage of ALPFA’s nationwide network of student and professional chapters. Throughout her time in ALPFA, she took on leadership opportunities and currently serves as its vice president. She is motivated to give back to her peers through her professional development and personal growth.
Lucy spent the spring of 2020 as an intern with Nationwide’s Financial Data Governance Department. This past summer, she interned with JPMorgan Chase within in its Global Finance and Business Management Summer Analyst Program. She attributes both of these internship opportunities to the connections and professional development that she has gained through ALPFA. After graduation, Lucy plans to work full time for Nationwide as an accountant on its Resource Management Team. She plans to sit for her CPA exam and is looking forward to exploring more of downtown Columbus while transitioning to a full-time career.
Lucy’s biggest piece of advice to underclassmen is to continue to ask questions. It is important to stay curious and ask about any opportunity that interests you. She would not be in the place that she is today had she not asked about opportunities that interested her.