Megan Palmer knew since the fourth grade that she wanted to play college basketball. The 6â€™1â€ť forward on the Rice University womenâ€™s basketball team moved around a lot growing up â€” Mexico, Ohio, Houston, Holland. â€śMy dad works for Shell. Moving taught me so much about making friends and keeping friends from a distance. Plus we played away games in Paris and Cairo. Best experiences of my life.â€ť
But the accounting came as a surprise. â€śI took my first accounting class and really liked it. Iâ€™d always heard it was really hard, but it came naturally to me. I thought, maybe I should explore this path. My professor, Mac Gaulin, his passion rubbed off on the students.â€ť
As a sports management major and business minor, Megan is a senior leader on the basketball team and put together a Houston food bank visit with the womenâ€™s volleyball team to pack over a thousand Backpack Buddies. She knew she liked helping people, but she hadnâ€™t figured out what she was going to do with her career.
â€śI love all my classes at Rice. After Professor Lansford came to talk to our class, I thought, this MAcc program is something I should definitely look into. I went to talk to him. He encouraged me to take the next accounting class, and it was harder, but I still really liked it. Then he suggested I interview with the Big Four accounting firms and, once I did that, I was hooked into the whole auditing accounting thing.â€ť
Megan interviewed with KPMG, Deloitte and PwC. â€śI learned a lot about the industry and what auditors actually do. I got to know the cultures of the firms and chose the one where I thought Iâ€™d fit best.â€ť She starts an internship with PwC this summer working with large private client services, â€śhelping small firms grow to become bigger firms. Iâ€™m all about that. I love helping people.â€ť She says itâ€™s the â€śgreatest start that I could have. I want to gain the knowledge to better my career. I really want to do big things.â€ť
In the meantime, PwC has a basketball league. And sheâ€™ll be able to play tournaments overseas again.