When Giray Ozsekerâ€™s older sister came to the U.S. from Istanbul, Turkey, to study on exchange at the University of North Carolina, she encouraged her parents, both medical doctors, to let him study in the U.S. A few years later she was accepted into a Ph.D. program at Baylor College of Medicine, and Giray went to summer school at Harvard. â€śWhen I visited my sister in Houston, I biked over to Rice. It was so beautiful.â€ť
That first impression was a lasting one. The economics major, who will graduate from Rice as a junior, decided to put one more year of study into the MAcc program. An avid traveler and language learner â€” Turkish, German, Spanish and English so far â€” Giray is also a teaching assistant in a research class with Ipek Martinez, associate dean at the School of Social Sciences; a staffer at Impact, a leadership retreat for underclassmen; and co-director of a research program in the School of Social Sciences called Gateway Study of Leadership.
He learned about the MAcc in Dr. Zeffâ€™s class. â€śThey talked about where a career in accounting could take you. What are the challenges and improvements? I could be a part of the change in the field which will be really robust. Accounting sets the sense of trust between all the parties. I find that a great value I can add to the world.â€ť
Last summer, Giray found an internship through Sage Corps at Auth0, a startup trying to improve authorization processes located in Buenos Aires. â€śI wanted to improve my Spanish. Go to a place Iâ€™d never gone. Do something Iâ€™d never done. I had to learn the language and the work. It was a steep learning curve but really enjoyable. Running my own code, running my own projects.â€ť
This summer his internship will be in Houston as an audit intern with Deloitte. â€śI met with all the partners of the Big Four. Chris Patton, an audit partner at Deloitte, was the first person I met. At Rice he majored in economics and earned the MAcco. We followed up at Brochstein for coffee. There is a lot of intellectual stimulation in this firm. I donâ€™t want to settle in my career. Iâ€™m always looking for opportunities to grow.â€ť
Giray thinks the tangible returns of both the internship and the classroom work will be the foundation for his career. â€śIâ€™m really excited to be a part of the first class.â€ť