with a major in accounting and financial forensics
ABOVE VIDEO: In this Scholar-Athlete Spotlight, Florida Tech features Panther basketball player Hannah Roney, a senior majoring in accounting and financial investigation.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – It takes an incredible amount of hard work and dedication to be an athlete in Florida Tech to excel both in the classroom and on the court.
Being a learned athlete at Florida Tech requires an incredible amount of hard work and dedication to excel both in the classroom and on the court.
In this Scholar-Athlete Spotlight, we have Panther female basketball player Hannah Roney, a senior point guard who is majoring in accounting and financial investigation.
Originally from Jacksonville, Roney came to Tech after graduating from Belmont Abbey College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance. While at Belmont-Abbey, Roney was named Conference Carolina’s Presidential Honor Roll several times.
Last season with the Panthers, Hannah averaged 10.4 points, 3.9 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. match in 24 matches while shooting 37.5% from three-point range.
After achieving so much on and off the pitch in her college career, we sat down with Hannah to ask her how she has made it all work, her plans after graduation, and what she has enjoyed about her time at Florida Tech.
■ What is your major at Florida Tech, and why did you choose this? Is it something you’ve always wanted to be a part of?
I’m about to take my master’s degree in accounting and financial forensics. I got my bachelor’s degree in Business Management Accounting with a minor in criminal law.
So in my undergraduate degree, I kind of knew I wanted to do economics, but in high school, I kind of thought I was going to be a doctor. I went to college and realized I hate biology, so that was not the path I should take.
I started taking more random classes to figure out what I liked, and math was just always easy for me, and that was just the fun problem-solving part of what I really enjoyed. So I kind of stuck to the accounting route.
■ What was it about Florida Tech that drew you here?
Accounting and financial exploration are not offered in many places. It’s a very specific master’s program that is growing at the moment, but not many places have it, especially here in Florida.
So getting the opportunity to play at Division II level for one more year and also get the financial forensic degree did not seem very possible until I actually watched Florida Tech. It just seemed perfect, I felt like it was meant to be because I was capable of both.
■ How do you plan to use your education after graduation?
After graduating, I am an intern at PricewaterhouseCoopers as an auditing intern. My main goal is to end up becoming a forensic auditor for the FBI.
So I hope that with my auditing practice I can hopefully get a full time job and some auditing experience so that in the future I can actually be a forensic auditor.
■ For those who do not know, what does a forensic auditor do?
It deals primarily with fraud. We want to look at other people’s accounts. If there are any red flags that a company points out about a person or another company, they see that this forensic auditor can go in and look through the accounts and maybe find something that is wrong and follow that path.
You also get a certification, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and with this you are able to actually go to court and testify about these fraudulent activities.
■ What are some of the exciting projects you have been able to work on in teaching here?
So I’ve had the opportunity to work on a lot of projects and it’s been really interesting. Many projects I enjoy doing are working with Excel, especially because we use Excel a lot in the professional setting.
Being able to learn the shortcuts to it and look at maybe fake accounts and find the red flags in them is really cool because it then applies real-world experiences to the pedagogical aspect, which is really cool.
■ After spending four years at Belmont Abbey, and now you are in your first year here at Florida Tech, what has been the biggest difference for you just being on campus, what you see every day, and what you do with?
[At my last school] I do not know if this is really the right word, but I would say that it was more protected just because there was not as much diversity as we have here.
Especially because it is such an international school and even on the basketball team here that has so many people from so many different countries, it is really interesting to learn about different cultures.
It has really helped me learn to communicate better, especially with some people that you know can speak all these languages and I can only speak English. Just learning how to communicate best and how to best communicate with them has been really cool.
■ Given everything you have achieved on and off the field, how do you handle it all when you are in season?
Freshman year was definitely a wake-up call for me. I definitely had to learn to manage my time better than I had in high school because there is so much more work and so much more basketball.
It was more trial and error, really, freshman year, just seeing what works for me and what does not. I’m starting to rely a lot on making my quizlets! It is very useful for me and just finding the tools that I can use to help me get the best result.
■ How has being a collegiate athlete prepared you for what you do now, and what do you take from basketball that you use for your studies?
The biggest thing is probably just spending time. Especially in basketball, your abilities will show, so if you put in the time, you make an effort, it’s going to show. If you are not, then everyone will see what you will be exposed to for the small amount of work you put in.
So just learning it and knowing that I can turn it into school work, as much work as I put into my schooling, that’s the most I get out of it. So taking on the personal responsibility and responsibility has been huge, which I have certainly taken from basketball.
■ What have you enjoyed about your time here with the Panther women’s basketball program?
The biggest takeaway is probably just getting to know so many different people and getting to know the girls on the team.
Since I’m four years old at Belmont Abbey, it’s a bit of the same people you’re around all the time, and so even this short time it’s been really cool to get to know so many different people, and I’ve made lifelong friendships!
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