Crunching the Numbers of Life

Charly Warlow

Goal driven accounting major with dreams of opening my own firm. Athlete, teammate, family oriented, and crazy about my dogs!


The business world can be a very complex world to pursue as a student. Accounting specifically might be considered tricky for some and may even deter students from the major. This major requires a lot of organization, calculation, and determination. With the help of your classmates and professors, you can guide yourself in the right direction to be successful.

“Every decision in life involves a tradeoff so if you have made the decision to be in school then make it count; give it your best shot no matter how challenging it may be! See each day as a gift and always make the most out of it!”

-Michael Osei
Professor Michael Osei

Michael Osei is a professor in The Tabor School of Business at Millikin University, teaching financial and economic based classes. Michael stresses the importance of relying on others in your major and asking for help. He says, “Reach out to your professors or classmates if you need help with the class materials.” He is a firm believer in people being there to help you if you have questions.

Micheal also believes in making the most out of every day and believing in yourself. He lives by the quote, “if you can believe, all things are possible to [the one] who believes.” This quote is especially true for an accounting major, as sometimes you might feel like giving up but you have to remember that all things are possible. As a student of Michaels, I have been able to learn, ask questions, and be pushed to be the best student I can be, while always believing in myself.


“Advice I have for other people would be to stay on top of things and use your resources. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others for help.”

-Elyce Knudsen
Elyce Knudsen

Accounting major, Elyce Knudsen, is a sophomore at Millikin University. As well as being a dedicated accounting student, Elyce is starting her second season on the women’s basketball team. Elyce spends her time on campus, in the classroom and on the basketball court.

Elyce enjoys routine and structure which is huge when balancing school and athletics. She says, “at the start of the week I like to write down important due dates and cross them off as I go.” She doesn’t like to look too far ahead as it can sometimes stress her out. By planning her week ahead of time, she knows exactly what has to be done on what day.

Elyce goes to class every day and then spends her time working on homework or studying. During the afternoons/evenings she spends hours practicing or playing basketball. To wrap up her day, Elyce makes sure that she got everything done for the day and takes some time for herself/friends.

Elyce knows what it takes in order to be successful both in the classroom and athletically. When juggling both school and basketball, Elyce tries to manage her time effectively. During season she gets very busy and has to work really hard to get everything done on time.

She prioritizes her accounting/business specific classes over her non major courses, as these are the classes that she enjoys the most. Elyce says, “I try to make sure I’m on top of things, if I’m missing class because of a game.” Elyce’s dedication and ability to thrive in routine and structure is the driving force behind her success both academically and athletically.

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