Viewpoint Spring 2016

Najwa ZarookDear School of Business Alumni,

In May, I will hand in my last paper and take my last exam. At commencement I will turn my tassel, shake President Jones’s hand and walk off the stage into my future. I arrived in the U.S. two days before my freshman classes began not knowing what to expect. Over the past five years I was exposed to a lot more than facts and figures and a lot more than I thought possible at the School of Business. I find that I learn more every day.

School of Business alumni contribute greatly to creating, developing and enhancing opportunities for graduates. Your support ranges from student and program sponsorships to support at the club and organization level. Alums who graduated as recently as last year and those who graduated 40 or more years ago regularly return to participate at networking and recruiting events, hold office hours and conduct presentations to organizations. The School of Business alumni network fosters a sense of camaraderie and provides for students to learn from the plethora of experiences of those of you out there in the real world.

I have been fortunate to have been awarded multiple scholarships, of which I have derived many benefits. The scholarships alleviated my financial burden, allowing me to devote my time to academics as well as extra-curricular activities. I have served as a Purple and Gold Ambassador representing the student body at university functions, 
and I’ve held leadership positions at two organizations, all while maintaining a strong academic standing on the dean’s list. 

I primarily attribute my success to the culmination of support I have received over time. It has given me the self-confidence to thrive in a professional capacity. It has been instrumental in my securing a fulltime position at Deloitte long before graduation, as well as serving as the student representative on the board of directors on the UAlbany Foundation. Each stepping stone is the result of our combined efforts. Mine is only one story from the very many. You have helped us all.

As I wrap up my last year at UAlbany, on behalf of the student body at the School of Business, I would like to send a final heartfelt thank you along the way. Thank you for your dedication, support and encouragement. But most importantly, thank you for continuing the legacy of the School of Business. In the end, as the verse by Michael Josephson goes, “What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.”

Sincerely Yours,
A grateful student

Najwa Zarook ’15, ’16 will earn an M.S. in forensic accounting this spring. She previously earned a dual major: B.S. Accounting and B.S Business Administration with a concentration in management and marketing. She served as president of the Dean’s Leadership Council, secretary for Albany Business Leaders Emerging and as a Purple and Gold Student Ambassador. Zarook is a recipient of the Zelin Family Endowed Scholarship and the Elizabeth Drumm Demske ’61, MS ’63 & Edward Demske ’58 Scholarship. Additional distinctions include the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, President’s Awards for Leadership: Outstanding Senior Award and the Women’s Outstanding Leadership Award, Outstanding Graduating Senior Award in Accounting, Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key for the highest overall GPA, Spellman Top Academic Achievement Award and Presidential Scholarship. Zarook earned a place on the dean’s list every semester of her college career. In the fall, she will begin work for Deloitte in their audit practice.