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Alum Advises CEOs at Deloitte & Praises APSU's College of Business for her Foundation

Feb. 15, 2017

Coya Massey

From Clarksville to Hollywood, MeQueba LenCoya Massey lives her dreams after graduation as she works with Deloitte LLP. Securing enjoyment in hard work and play simultaneously is not an easy task, but Coya makes it look that way. She returned from her first trip to California days before this interview, and she was delighted by the travel opportunities Deloitte has offered.

Coya is a model graduate, representing all the dreams that students aspire to achieve after graduating from college. As an internal auditor for Deloitte LLP, she shows what it means to work hard and target what you want. She has also experienced opportunities to enjoy it all along the way. Deloitte represents some of the largest brands in the world, and with Deloitte as her employer, Coya has enjoyed the opportunity to advise CFOs and CEOs, and she has traveled several times during the year to meet with the client and for training.

"I never thought that I would be this young in my career and doing all of this," Coya says. "The mentors and professors I had in the College of Business encouraged me to spread my wings and get my feet wet. The transition was easy. I learned everything I possibly could. They were able to hold me to a higher standard, and it made me hold myself to a higher standard."

Deloitte is a brand with over 200,000 professionals in independent firms across the world. They collaborate to provide audit, consulting, financial and risk advice, as well as tax and related services to clients. Coya credits her professors and education in the College of Business as creating the foundation for her current employment.

Coya's take-charge attitude and emphasis on networking led to her success. She graduated May 2015 with a major in Accounting, and during her time at Austin Peay, she was not only involved in classes, but also the peer mentor program, the Dean's Ambassadors, and Alpha Kappa Psi, to name a few. It all started with one course for Coya. "One of the first classes I took was APSU 1000, and it just happened to be tailored to the College of Business. That class just hit a home run for me," Coya says. "They matched us with a peer mentor, and mine was Matthew Kilpatrick and that made it ten times better. He quickly grew as a mentor for me, and I eventually wanted to be a peer mentor for someone else. I wanted to help those students coming in like someone was there to help me."

Coya finds that success in business and education as well as helping others is found in a single concept: "It's all about building relationships," she says. She advises students to build connections with their peers and professors if they want to be successful. "I took advantage of networking with all the professors," Coya says. "They saw me as being eager as I was as a strength. I was literally sitting on the couch upstairs in Kimbrough, and the professor came up and asked, 'Do you want to be on this board?'" At the time, she became a committee member on a board to choose an accounting professor. Coya emphasizes how these connections create new opportunities.

She values the first relationships she established in business at Austin Peay, even after graduation. She's still connected to the department and says she plans to contact Dr. Volker to discuss entrepreneurship concerning some projects she's now working on. "Everything comes around in full circle," Coya says. She shows that doors continue to connect and open after graduation by valuing the networks built along the way.

---  By Shana Thornton, Thorncraft Publishing, www.thorncraftpublishing.com