Name: Becky Mayo

Hometown: Gladstone, Mich.

Title: Tax Associate

Business: PricewaterhouseCoopers

After graduating summa cum laude in May, 2013, Becky beat out four other highly qualified finalists for a coveted entry level position with the largest of the “Big 4” accounting firms.

Her four years as a Muskie were filled with shining accomplishments, such as her stellar all-conference play on the basketball court, her internships at Harley-Davidson and Schenck SC and her 50 hours of volunteer work preparing tax returns for low-income citizens through the Salvation Army.

“My experience at Lakeland was so positive,” says Becky with a big smile. “When I came in as a freshman, I was scared and didn’t know who I was. Lakeland’s a small school that takes you as a clean slate and turns you into an awesome painting.”

Coming out of high school, Becky applied to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Stout and Lakeland. She was accepted by all four, and chose Lakeland. Her desire to play college basketball, along with the full-tuition J. Garland Schilcutt academic scholarship she earned, led her to Lakeland.

Becky thrived as a Muskie, joining the accounting club and hosting prospective basketball players during their visits. While walking across campus with recruits, they often asked her if the constant greetings from other Lakeland students were staged. She assured them the friendly interaction was genuine.

“Going to a big school, you’re just not going to feel that same glow,” she says. “When you graduate from Lakeland, and you’re one of say 10 accounting majors, you’re really going to feel special.”