Stories of Excellence–Faith Lambeth
Faith Lambeth is making her dreams come true. Despite being a non-traditional student during her time at Mitchell, she has challenged herself and proven that she can achieve her education and career goals. She knows the support she received from Mitchell employees and from her family has helped her along the way.
After high school, Lambeth chose to focus on her family and put her education on hold. She and her family traveled and relocated their home frequently due to her husband’s occupation as a pilot. When her family returned to North Carolina in 2009, Lambeth decided to continue her education at Mitchell. She was drawn to the beauty of Mitchell’s campuses and the convenient locations. Following her lifelong passion for accounting, she began her pursuit of an accounting degree in 2010. Her family was very supportive of her decision to return to school. Lambeth’s teenage daughter became a study partner of sorts, as the two would work on assignments together in the evenings.
Like many students, Lambeth noted how Mitchell’s instructors were a memorable part of her education. Remembering her classes with instructor Dale Pocock specifically, Lambeth shared how faculty support made an impact on her life. “I could tell from my first meeting with [Mr. Pocock] that he genuinely cared about his students, and he strongly encouraged me to pursue my dream.” The lessons she gained from instructors–both academic and life–have stuck with her until today. She has been mentored, guided and encouraged as she has grown from a student to a peer in the business world.
Always eager to learn and grow, Lambeth took advantage of Mitchell’s work study program and worked in Financial Services during her final year. This experience, along with her membership in the Mitchell Accounting Club, helped her grow as a student and a professional.
In 2012, Faith graduated from Mitchell and earned the honor of the Outstanding Accounting Student. She then continued her education at Gardner-Webb University (GWU), utilizing Mitchell’s accounting articulation agreement to ensure her credits transferred. In 2014, she graduated first in her class with a B.S. in accounting and was asked to give the convocation invocation.
Shortly after graduating with her bachelor’s degree, Lambeth took a job at Norris, Stewart, & Ralston PA, an accounting firm in downtown Statesville. She simultaneously continued her education at GWU where she pursued a master’s in accounting. In 2016, she graduated with her master’s degree from GWU and was honored to receive the Master of Accountancy Academic Excellence Award.
Lambeth is currently employed at Ladd Robbins PA as a staff accountant and is in the process of sitting for the four parts of the CPA Exam. She has already completed the first two parts successfully and plans to finish all four parts by November 2019. Lambeth aspires to be a partner at Ladd Robbins PA one day. She also is interested in one day sharing her knowledge in the classroom with future accounting students. Lambeth’s advice for accounting majors is to dream big. “Go for the CPA exam. It makes you so much more marketable as a potential employee,” she said.
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