Matthew Kropiewnicki ’20 VSB and Kat McAssey ’16 VSB

Matthew Kropiewnicki ’20 VSB and Kat McAssey ’16 VSB

1. What inspired you to join the VSB mentor program?    

“By my sophomore year, I still wasn’t sure what career path I wanted to pursue. I was seeking a mentor who had experiences and interests that aligned with mine so I could get their perspective and potentially some advice on areas I should research further, and where I should apply for internships.” – Matt

“Once I graduated from VSB in 2016, I wanted to make sure that I stayed as involved as possible within the Villanova community. KPMG hosts several recruiting events throughout the year at VSB, specifically with the Accounting Society. After I attended some recruiting events, I had the opportunity to present the steps of becoming a CPA to a B2B (Backpack to Briefcase) class. After the presentation, I noticed that several students had questions about work/life balance, studying for the CPA and transitioning from college to the workplace. I loved having the opportunity to be a resource to students. It was then that I decided to join the VSB Mentor Program so I could continue mentoring sophomores and juniors, and stay involved within the Villanova community.” – Kat

2. How has your experience compared to your expectation?

“Kat has been an amazing mentor since the get-go. As an Accounting major, one of the things I was curious about was the Big 4 experience and public accounting as a whole. Kat and I met before I attended the KPMG summer leadership program, and she told me a lot about her experience at the firm and in public accounting. Hearing her perspective helped inform my decision to go into public accounting, and now I’m excited to intern at KPMG myself this summer!” - Matt

“My experience has exceed my expectation of the VSB Mentor Program. My mentee, Matt, and I first met in person after he returned from studying abroad. During our lunch together, we realized how many things we had in common. For example, we are both from the same hometown, and we both majored in Accounting and Finance. It was so exciting to be a mentor for Matt as he started his interview process because I went through the same types of experiences while I was at VSB.” - Kat

3. What makes your relationship a successful one?    

“The connections we share. Once we started talking, we found out that not only did we grow up in the same town, we actually went to the same brother/sister high school! Drawing on those experiences was a great way to start our conversations. Also, Kat has lots of experience with the types of things I’m interested in, so she was able to answer a lot of the specific questions I had.” - Matt

“Our relationship was so successful because of the timing of the Mentor Program. Once Matt and I were matched together, we were able to meet in person a few times and I was able to talk him through the steps to interviewing for the leadership programs. Matt decided to attend the KPMG leadership in Philadelphia within the Tax department – and he further accepted an offer to intern the following year. I hope to continue my mentoring relationship with Matt as he begins his internship at KPMG here in the summer!” - Kat

4. What has been the best part about having a mentor/mentee?    

“Knowing that I have someone I can trust and reach out to with any career-related questions–and get an honest and helpful answer–is the best part for me.” - Matt

“One of the best parts about having a mentee is the ability to share my experiences and advice. I love staying involved within the VSB community and having a mentee has helped me to stay up-to-date about what is going on within VSB.” - Kat

5. Do you have a best practice to share with other pairs in the program?

“Try to find connections and common ground you didn’t know about before you reached out to each other. It may help move the conversation along and strengthen your relationship or even lead to an opportunity you wouldn’t have thought about before.” - Matt

“One tip I would share with other pairs in the Mentor Program would be to always make an effort to meet in person, rather than just communicating through the portal. Once Matt returned from his time abroad, we were able to meet in person and I think this helped to solidify the mentor/mentee relationship. Plus, it made it much easier to get to know each other!” - Kat