For many accounting graduates, passing the CPA exam can be a daunting task. It was for Mackenzie Hitchcock, but the MAcc alumna did far better than simply pass the exam. She earned accolades for her performance on it.  

Hitchcock (MAcc ’19) was one of 133 individuals nationwide to receive the Elijah Watt Sells Award for outstanding performance on the exam. 

The award recognizes individuals who receive an average score above 95.50 on all four sections of the CPA exam, passed all four sections on their first attempt and completed testing in 2019.  

Mackenzie Hitchcock
Mackenzie Hitchcock (MAcc '19)

Hitchcock, a postgraduate technical assistant (PTA) at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in Norwalk, Connecticut, credits her experiences in the MAcc program for helping her succeed as an alumna. 

“All my professors in the MAcc program were great,” she said. "They were all extremely smart and helpful, and overall the program was an amazing experience.” 

“I also really enjoyed going to football games and tailgating with other MAcc students. It was a good way for us to get to know each other outside of the classroom!” 

In addition to the social and academic aspects of the MAcc program, Hitchcock also appreciated Fisher’s professional opportunities. 

“The MAcc program itself is awesome, but the opportunities it provides are outstanding,” she said. “After I visited campus, I was connected to a campus recruiter, which led to an internship, and then a full-time job offer. And that was before I was even a student at Fisher!” 

Since securing the highly sought-after position at FASB, Hitchcock has been conducting research, writing communications and assisting with outreach for the organization. She offered some tips for students preparing to take the CPA exam. 

“Sketch out a timeline based on your test date, then make sure you follow your plan,” she said. “Commit the time to study, but don’t give up your entire life to do it.” 

She also had advice for current and future MAcc students. 

“Make the most of your time in the program — a year is shorter than it seems, so participate in as much as you can,” she said. “I met some of my best friends in the program and would do it all over again if I could.”