Christopher Rolle

Master of Science in Accounting

Current MS Program: Master of Science in Accounting

Concentration or Specialization (if applicable): Internal Audit

1st or 2nd Year: 1st Year

Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL

Undergraduate University and Major: University of Central Florida, Accounting 

Christopher Rolle

Why did you choose to attend the Smith School of Business?

I’ve spent the last 22 years of my life in Florida. Therefore, I’ve grown accustomed to the culture in that particular area. From conversations with both professionals and peers, many concur that graduate school is often the last opportunity for an individual to experience a new facet of life before being swamped by the responsibilities of true adulthood. The DMV area offers an entirely different culture than what I’m accustomed to: a vastly different lifestyle, a tremendously new climate, and a myriad of new opportunities. Boasting high national rankings in both faculty and student quality, student satisfaction, and superb post-graduate success, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business appeared to be a great fit in my journey to experience a new environment and position myself to be successful in my career endeavors.

In your opinion, what makes your Smith MS program unique?

The Masters of Science in Accounting Program at the University of Maryland boasts a large proportion of international students. Being able to interact and share experiences with students from all over the world is certainly a rare opportunity that I look at as a chance to learn, step out of my comfort zone, and expand my knowledge of people from places that I don’t know much about. Also, accounting is widely known as the language of business. Having a background in accounting is arguably the most useful form of education that an individual can have. Every business is responsible for preparing financials, doing taxes, financing their operations, etc. Being able to understand and do each of these activities makes someone an invaluable asset to any company or organization. Therefore, my program is unique because of its demographics and its ability to facilitate the necessary skills to be successful in just about any capacity.

What advice would you give to a future applicant?

I would advise future applicants to be open-minded and to get involved as much as possible. Be open to meeting and making friends with people from other cultures. Learn about the area you live in, outside of what is offered at the University of Maryland. There are several museums and historical figures in this area, so take advantage of your time here and explore. Also, don’t shy away from leadership positions and opportunities to become a part of something bigger than yourself. Not only can you strengthen your resume by getting involved, but you can also enhance your leadership and communication skills, which are important for any career endeavors you might pursue in the future.