Inzali Han

It was a personal misfortune that led Inzali Han to study accounting.

“My parents worked very hard to support our family. To try and make better life for us, they used most of their savings to invest in a local business in our home in Myanmar,” said Han, who came to the United States in 2008. “The local business turned out to be a fraud and it was disastrous for our family. It took quite a while for my parents to recover, both emotionally and financially, from that tragedy.”

Her family’s hardship led her parents to encourage Han to study accounting so that she would have the ability to analyze financial situations and prevent others from falling into the same trap. “I decided to become a CPA so that I can guide individuals without a financial education away from fiscal disaster and prevent potential fraudsters from taking advantage of people,” Han explained.

After immigrating to the U.S. with her family, Han went to community college for two semesters then joined the U.S. Navy. While still an active duty service member, she finished her sophomore year at community college, then transferred to SDSU. She chose to complete her accounting degree at SDSU because “SDSU not only offers one of the best accounting programs in the state, but also provides tremendous support and flexibility for military members,” she said.

Inzali Han

Han is currently in the Naval Reserve and attending SDSU full-time. Her military credits have given her the necessary educational requirements needed to sit for the California CPA exam once she graduates in the summer of 2017.

With her family in mind, Han plans to pursue a career as a tax accountant to help others avoid financial pitfalls. “Taxation is an area where many people are not familiar with the rules and regulations,” she pointed out. “As a tax accountant or consultant, I can help them to plan and achieve their financial goals.”