My motivation in life is to help other people. That's something I've always been passionate about.

Marly Blajsa '19
Photo by Emily Paine, Division of Communications

"When applying to colleges, I knew that I was interested in accounting. I took my first accounting course when I was a sophomore in high school, and I loved the subject. But until I came to Bucknell, I didn't think a job in accounting would allow me to make a difference in the world. Here, I came to realize that I can use my degree to gain resources and a platform in a company to help others.

"The professors at Bucknell make an effort to get to know you and support you. That's probably my favorite thing about the University. I work as a teaching assistant for a corporate finance class, and I've served on the search committee to hire a new accounting professor. It's very exciting to have a say in the future of the faculty while I'm an undergraduate.

"I've been involved in community service since I was in high school, and I continue to take advantage of opportunities to give back at Bucknell. I'm a member of the Love Your Melon Campus Crew, which sells hats that benefit children who are fighting cancer. I'm also a leader of the Bucknell chapter of Colleges Against Cancer, which raises money for cancer research. The club's biggest annual event is the Paint Bucknell Pink 5K, which has become a Family Weekend tradition. Several of my family members have battled cancer, and working with these groups is a way to take positive action that brings me together with people who have had similar experiences.

"Along with working at sporting events on campus, I'm also a member of the Women in Finance Club, which brings successful Bucknell alumnae to campus to share their experiences working in accounting and finance. It's wonderful that powerful women want to come back and share their stories with us.

"I'm always trying to find new ways to get involved here. I don't want to waste this amazing opportunity. As soon as I saw the campus, I had a feeling Bucknell was the place for me. The dedication of the professors here and the opportunities the school gives students are special, and something I don't think I would've found anywhere else."

Marly is from Long Hill, N.J.

Posted April 2018