Penn State Behrend’s Class of 2023 is ready to make its mark on the world! We’re proud of our students and all that they have learned and accomplished here at Behrend. Over the next several weeks, we’ll introduce you to a few of our remarkable seniors who have overcome challenges, pioneered new technologies, participated in important research projects, and made their mark at Penn State Behrend.
Today we’d like you to meet Angela Belack.
Majors: Dual majoring in Accounting and Finance
On choosing Behrend: I chose Behrend because I was able to continue playing competitive soccer while earning a degree. I have two older siblings who graduated from Behrend, both soccer players and Finance majors, as well. I saw how much they enjoyed being at Behrend, and I knew I would, too.
Proudest accomplishment at Behrend: Winning the conference championship with the Behrend soccer team in 2021. We had an incredible season that year and even broke a few school records.
(Finance) Challenge accepted: I was a member of Behrend’s CFA Institute Research Challenge Team led by Dr. Greg Filbeck, director of the School of Business. Just being on the team felt like an accomplishment. Our group won first place for our written research report regarding our valuation of Duolingo. This experience allowed me to apply my classroom knowledge to a real-life scenario, as well as develop new professional relationships.
Awards/Honors: Athletic─Rookie of the Year, First Team All-Conference; Academic─ Dean’s List every semester, Chi Alpha Sigma Athletic Honor Society.
What you’d be surprised to know about her: I have a twin brother and four more siblings.
What comes next: My highest priority in the coming years is my professional career. I’m excited to start this new chapter of my life. Over the past four years at Behrend, I have been building a foundation, and I’m looking forward to using it.
Say ‘cheese:’ I love photography. In the past few years, I have developed my photo skills and started working with clients. It allows me time to be creative, and I always enjoy seeing the look on people’s faces when you’re able to capture exactly what they wanted.
Advice for first-year students: As everyone says, these four years go by way too fast. To a first-year student, enjoy it all as much as you can. Branch out and try things that you wouldn’t usually try, whether it’s joining a new club, or saying ‘yes’ to an opportunity that might be intimidating or nerve-racking. Also, find a solid, quiet study spot; my favorite was Lilley Library
After her graduation in May, Angela has accepted a job in the PNC Finance and Accounting Development Program in Pittsburgh.