Meet Lauren Jani

Accounting, 2022

Accounting and Finance Student

"If you're wondering if GMercyU is the place for you, I promise you there is a space for everyone at GMercyU. Whether you plan to be an athlete or focus on your schooling, GMercyU creates an amazing community of people that make the transition easy," Lauren said.

Journey to GMercyU

When first looking for colleges, Lauren Jani knew she needed to find a home where she could continue her education and continue playing field hockey. After committing to antoher college originally, Lauren decided to attend another Open House at GMercyU. It was at that Open House that Lauren realized she found her home.

"After coming to another Open House day and seeing the girls that would be my teammates if I came here, I knew this was my home," Lauren said.

Involvement on Campus

Lauren's list of extracurriculars at GMercyU are never ending. Lauren was a member of the Field Hockey team for her four years on campus. She proved herself to be a valuable asset on the field, earning several honors including Rookie of the Year in 2018; First-Team All-Conference in 2018; Player of the Week in 2018; and Second-Team All-Conference in 2021. She also proved herself off the field, earning the Academic All-American Honor all four years on the team.

Her athletics career does not end there. Lauren served as the Atlantic East Female Student-Athlete Representative for GMercyU at the Atlantic East Conference (AEC) Leadership Experience. She was also named an NCAA Atlantic East Scholar Athlete all four years. In 2018, Lauren was named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NHFCA) Scholar of Distinction, and maintained her position for all four years.

In addition to her extensive athletic career, Lauren was involved in many other clubs and organizations. Lauren served as Co-President of Best Buddies for the GMercyU chapter. In this position, she created activities for the organization's members. Lauren was also a representative on the GMercyU Business Student Advisory Board, the Investment Club, and the Griffin Student Leadership Institute of Exceptional Leaders. During her junior and senior year, she served as the video coordinator for Take Back the Night, the worldwide movement to stand against sexual violence. She was also a member of Sigma Phi Sigma, the GMercyU chapter of the National Mercy Honor Society, and Sigma Beta Delta, the International Honor Society for Business, Management, and Administration.

"My favorite part of GMercyU was the small school feel. You know most people that you encounter on a daily basis and the friendliness of everyone around you makes you feel comfortable, safe, and happy pretty early on," Lauren said.

Lauren was named the President's Scholar and nominated to serve as the Undergraduate Speaker at the 2022 Commencement.

Experience in Accounting and Finance

Lauren graduated in May 2022 with her Bachelor of Science in both Accounting and Finance.

"The accounting and finance program here is truly one-of-a-kind," said Lauren.

She describes the faculty as "some of the most amazing people I have ever encountered," The faculty truly want each student to succeed. Many of them are retired from their respective industries and integrate their knowledge and experience into the classroom.

"The accounting fair that's held annually truly is one of the aspects that set GMercyU's program ahead of many others. This fair provides so many opportunities for individuals to be placed in some of the best internships in our area as soon as sophomore year," Lauren said.

One faculty member that stood out to Lauren is Professor Carlo Silvesti. He has since retired as a professor, but left a huge impact on Lauren's success in the program.

"Professor Silvesti was one of my biggest supporters and I truly can say that when I considered transferring to play field hockey elsewhere, I couldn't leave because of the impact he had made on me as a person," Lauren said.

Internship Experience

Lauren had the privilege of participating in more than one internship opportunity. Her first experiene was at Hellings CPA firm in North Wales, Pa. She primarily performed data entry for tax returns. Her second internship was at Bookmate, an international accounting firm. Lauren worked as a sales associate and her main job was to assist foreign clients in understanding tax liability. In addition, she helped them select the best accounting package that would suit their needs. She was able to bring $90,000 in revenue for the company in the three short months that she worked with them.

Post-Graduation

After graduating from GMercyU in May 2022, Lauren started her position as a Financial Associate, LLP at Lincoln Financial in Philadelphia, Pa.

"I'm very excited to start this new chapter, it will give me the opportunity to execute the principles that I learned in the classroom and with internships in a professional setting," said Lauren.