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Jessica Wu ‘09

Discipline and curiosity.

These are the two words that best describe SDSU accounting graduate, Jessica Wu (’09, MSA).

“I have found through years of mathematics study that I am a meticulous person, but I am also passionate about pursuing new knowledge, skills and information,” said Wu. The combination of those two attributes and the opportunity to grow intellectually from a global business perspective is what led her into a career in accounting.

Wu hails from Qufu, in the Shandong Province in eastern China, which is best known as being the hometown of the Chinese philosopher, Confucius. While earning her bachelor’s degree in law at a university in her native China, she was given the opportunity to study at a university in Northern California. That study abroad experience motived her to choose San Diego State to earn her graduate degree.

“After researching several graduate programs, I concluded that the Master of Science in Accountancy program at SDSU was my best option,” Wu noted. “SDSU’s MSA program emphasizes the understanding of the real business world along with the application and integration of knowledge and skills with professional quality.” Today, Wu is a tax manager at the EY office in San Diego, where she started as an SDSU student intern in 2008.

Jessica Wu Class of 09

While the words “discipline” and “curiosity” continue to describe her, the words that most inspire her are: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts” (Winston Churchill).