Nick Fedele knew he wanted to enter the business world, but he just could not find his niche. A double major in accounting and finance, he was gaining plenty of experience through the Leon Hess Business School, especially as an intern analyzing budgets at the U.S. Department of Defense. But it was not until one particular class that Nick finally discovered where his career was headed.
"After taking Professor [Douglas] Stives' Tax I class, I knew exactly what I wanted to do after graduation," Nick said. "He has an abundance of real-world experience that he is able to convey, and he really gave me a good insight into what a life in tax would be like."
For the last three years, Nick has lived that life in tax. After time spent at PricewaterhouseCoopers—one of the Big Four public accounting firms—he is now a CPA and senior tax accountant at WeiserMazars, LLP, a midsized firm in Edison, NJ.
It is safe to say that Nick has found his niche.
How Monmouth helped me achieve my goals
I felt that Monmouth always had an answer. No matter what goal I was trying to achieve or what problem I was trying to solve, there was always someone on campus who could help out. If the first person I asked wasn't able to directly help me, they were willing and able to help me seek out someone who could. I think this truly speaks to the sense of community that exists at Monmouth and certainly says something about the quality of the faculty.
Organizations that helped me as a student
While at Monmouth, I played for the men's ice hockey team and was also the team president. I had a lot of responsibilities as the president, in addition to those I had as a player. The team helped me grow as a person because I was forced to learn how to balance many different responsibilities without letting anything slip through the cracks.
One of the most memorable moments of being president was when I had to present a request for funding to the Student Government Association. The SGA has a limited pool of money that they can allocate to different organizations on campus, and we traditionally got a moderate amount of funding. After my presentation, I was told that the team would receive three times the highest amount we had ever received! That taught me a lot about building a great presentation and speaking in a pressure-filled environment.
Why I'm proud of Monmouth
Monmouth is a rising star. Every year, it seems like Monmouth continues to raise the bar for itself and achieve great new things. I strongly believe that there are a lot more great things coming and Monmouth will continue to become more prestigious with each passing year.
My favorite Monmouth memory
Monmouth University is where I met my wife! We lived in neighboring suites in Cedar Hall freshman year and are now married. There were multiple Monmouth University alums in our wedding party and even more that attended our wedding!