I am a very strong-minded individual who believes that success comes through hard work and a dash of luck. I was raised with a tenacious work ethic, strong moral values and an appreciation for witty humor. I am logical and love problem solving if it means helping those in need. Volunteering and giving back to the community has always been an integral part of my life. While naturally an introvert, I have the ability to speak up and take on important leadership roles. Everything happens for a reason, and God put me at the University of Houston to do great things. Go Coogs!
Campus and Community Involvement
At Cypress Ranch High School, I was an active member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Community service has always been a huge part of my life. In high school, I had the privilege of serving as the Texas-Oklahoma District Governor of Key Club International. We successfully chartered a chapter of Circle K International here at the University of Houston during the summer of 2013. Due to my active involvement in the community, I was appointed the volunteer chairperson of the Honors Student Governing Board and Bauer Honors Student Advisory Board to help establish a pay-it-forward mentality within the Honors College. I participated in high school basketball and tennis, both of which I served as team captains for. Whenever I have time, I shoot some hoops at the Rec or partake in intramural dodgeball. My main focus is serving as the spring 2015 Beta Alpha Psi - Gamma Delta Chapter President for the honors accounting, finance, and MIS student organization on campus to enable my peers to become successful future business leaders. I am also a peer advisor for the Ted Bauer Leadership Certificate Program. I have internship experience at Carr, Riggs & Ingram and BP America. This summer I will be returning to BP, and next spring I will be interning at PwC. Some of my professional memberships include the Houston CPA Society Student Auxiliary and Ascend - Houston.
Awards and Honors
All four years of high school, I was selected as an all-district tennis player. My last three years of high school, I received the Bronze Presidential Service Award for over 100 hours of community service each year. I have been awarded a Robert F. Lucas Outstanding Lieutenant Governor Award and Outstanding District Governor Award through Key Club International. I was a National Merit Commended Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction. Other than being blessed with a Tier One Scholarship, I have been fortunate enough to receive an Honors College Scholarship, Texas-Oklahoma District Kiwanis Scholarship, Cy-Fair Kiwanis Scholarship, and National Society of High School Scholars Scholarship. I have been on the Dean’s List every semester since arriving at the University of Houston.
In June 2013, I traveled with the Honors College to the United Kingdom and Ireland to immerse myself in the diverse culture there. We studied the cultural relationship between Britain and Ireland through various historical texts such as James Joyce’s “The Dead” and even participated in Bloomsday while overseas. While in such cities as London, Bath and Dublin, it was fascinating to compare the different economies and work-life atmospheres. Some of my study abroad journey can be found on my summer blog: http://meganiselin.blogspot.com/.
I am currently assisting Dr. Janet Meade in the Department of Accountancy & Taxation with her research project entitled, "How do Tax Obligations Affect Work Effort and Cooperative Behavior?" Dr. Meade is also my senior honors thesis director for my project which tackles the question, "Would Aligning the US Tax Code with Middle Class Values Increase Individual Compliance?"
As a member of the Professional Program in Accountancy (PPA) through the C. T. Bauer College of Business, I am working towards becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the year 2017. Upon graduation, I hope to work for a Big Four public accounting firm. Later in my career, I will attend law school to become a tax attorney. My biggest long-term goals are to endow scholarships for future University of Houston students and serve on the board of a non-profit.