Student Spotlight: Kelsee Jalbert, Accounting

Kelsee Jalbert and Angela Livingston, business program chair, volunteer at the Breast Cancer Walk in September

Kelsee Jalbert, accounting student, is in her second quarter at Globe University-Souix Falls. In a short amount of time, Kelsee has managed to make a big impact on her instructors and fellow students. She is active in DECA and has volunteered for many events, including the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in September. Kelsee uses DECA as a means of networking with fellow students at Globe and members of the Sioux Falls community.

Tell us about yourself and why you chose Globe University.

I was interested in Globe University because we are on a quarter system, rather than semesters. This allows me to be done with school and into the real-world sooner. I really want to finish school as soon as possible and start working in the accounting field. I also chose Globe because the campus in Sioux Falls was smaller compared SDSU or USD. I wanted more one-on-one time with my instructors and at a large-scale campus you don’t get that kind of time and teachers barely know who you are.

What interested you about the accounting program?

I chose accounting because I have always had an interest in numbers. I have been a math nerd for most of my life and I wanted to put those skills to work by becoming an accountant. I also chose this field of study because my grandpa, who I look up to, is an accountant and I have always wanted to be like him.

What advice would you give to prospective students about the importance of networking while at Globe University?

I recently moved to Sioux Falls and had no connections or friends. I would tell prospective students to join a club or do volunteer work whenever possible. Getting out and volunteering or joining a club/group really helps meet new people and build professional relationships. 

How have DECA events helped you get to know your classmates and the Sioux Falls community?

I have never been the person to join clubs, but at Globe I joined DECA and I have enjoyed hanging out with fellow members. While fundraising, planning and volunteering we get to know each other. This helps build strong relationships with my fellow members and classmates.  

Any advice for incoming Globe University students?

I lead a busy schedule and don’t always have time to do as many DECA events, but I would strongly suggest that people join a club or volunteer. I have had so much fun getting to know people while doing good for the community. This is probably one of my top pieces of advice for incoming students. It will help them learn how to be professional and build relationships. I have always been told by my parents, “It isn’t about what you know, but who you know.” I couldn’t agree more. Professional relationships can get you far in life, helping reach the top of the ladder.