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Brendan Kaljulaid


Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance major Brendan Kaljulaid has left his mark on the College of Business over the past four years. A recipient of the esteemed Cohen Scholar award, Brendan was recognized as being among the top students in academics, leadership, communication, citizenship, and interpersonal skills. This award also comes with a two-year appointment as a College of Business Ambassador, which is an unparalleled learning and networking experience. Brendan was also on the committee to select the Dean for the College of Business and answers the questions of budding Golden Bears on a variety of panel sessions throughout the year for prospective students.

Brendan credits Student Senate with shaping him into the leader he is today. First as a College of Business Representative and Finance Committee member, and later as the Finance Chairperson, Brendan had the space to learn about the organization, as well as form opinions and find the confidence to vocalize them. By the time he became Chairperson of the committee, he felt ready to step into the role as a collaborative leader to create a trusting work environment.  

Cocurricular activities have also played a large role in his college experience. Brendan was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Beta Alpha Psi honor societies, as well as the National Society of Leadership and Success. He has organized and worked on a variety of campus service events, such as the Pioneer Valley Ball, WNE Walks, a hurricane relief effort fundraiser, and the Golden Bear Business Fair.

The Simsbury, CT, native says one of his most memorable experiences was when he participated in the Sophomore Experience Abroad program, where the traveled to London and studied at Richmond University for a semester, which furthered his desire to travel and immerse himself into different cultures.

A member of the Honors Program, Brendan maintains a 4.0 major GPA and 3.9 cumulative GPA. He has successfully completed internships, at Pratt & Whitney in the supply chain management department, and at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the tax accounting department.

Brendan was offered a full-time job with PricewaterhouseCoopers, which will begin after he completes his master’s degree in 2020. He also hopes to earn his CPA.