The Path to Purpose
Returning home from her international work, Suan was familiar with Guilford College because her brother was attending the Early College at Guilford. She ultimately chose Guilford because of its well-developed Continuing Education program, and she soon found herself immersed in challenging, thought-provoking courses.
Suan credits many professors with inspiring her throughout her education at Guilford. Elwood Parker and Rudy Gordh, Professors of Mathematics, forever instilled a love of the subject in Suan’s heart, — she counts herself lucky to be one of their students before they each retired — and Beth Parks, Visiting Assistant Professor of Accounting, taught Suan’s first accounting course, where she realized that she had a natural affinity and aptitude for the field.
But it was a tax accounting course with Ron Cardwell, Assistant Professor of Accounting, that was truly a turning point in her career. “Ron is the epitome of an adviser. He has provided me with incredible guidance and resources,” she says.
With his help and advice, Suan was able to volunteer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, an IRS program that provides free tax-preparation services to low-income individuals; attend the Student Leadership Institute of North Carolina (SLINC) organized by the N.C. Association of CPAs (NCACPA); and serve as Site Coordinator for the first VITA site at Guilford.
“Suan’s thirst for deep analytical learning was immediately apparent to me during her first tax course when she asked questions about tax issues that were mentioned only in the footnotes to the textbook. I knew from that time that she would be an excellent CPA. I am happy to know that she is now a CPA and that her time at Guilford College played a role in her success,” Ron says.
Suan also received a number of impressive scholarships while attending Guilford College, including the Dr. Robert E. Clark ’49 Endowed Math Scholarship, Nereus and Oriana Mendenhall Math Scholarship, the NCACPA Foundation Scholarship, and the N.C. State Board of CPA Examiners - Examination Coupon Award.