Senior Profile: Ryan Hess

Ryan Hess. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Hess).Ryan Hess. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Hess).

What is your major and minor? What other academic programs were you a part of?

Accounting, economics, and business triple major, international studies minor.

What are some of the jobs you held while at McDaniel?

Office of Admissions student ambassador.

What organizations were you a part of at McDaniel? What positions did you hold?

Honors Program (Housing Manager, 2017-2018 and President, 2018-2019), Omicron Delta Epsilon Economic Honor Society (President, 2018-2019). Business Honor Society, brother of Alpha Phi Omega, and Ultimate Frisbee Club. 

Did you enjoy your time at McDaniel? How?

I absolutely enjoyed my four years at McDaniel. I entered college with three goals–to make friends, to build myself as a scholar, and to acquire a job after graduation–and I accomplished all three. I have met some of the most amazing people I know here at McDaniel, and I am proud to be able to call them my friends.

Who do you think was/is your best mentor?

One of my best mentors has been, and still is, Professor Kerry Duvall in the business department. She worked closely with me in my first two years–making sure that I would be fully prepared for my career ahead of me.
My other best mentor is Professor Donald Lavin, also in the business department. I consider Professor Lavin as one of my friends on campus–his office door was always open to me, and he is always quick with a joke or a funny story.

Both Professor Duvall and Professor Lavin are remarkable people, and they were both a driving force behind my full-time job offer that I received last December. I attribute the majority of my McDaniel success to the two of them; I would not be in the position I am now without their tireless support.

What is your best memory at McDaniel?

My best collective memories from throughout my four years here are of Spring Fling. From inflatable boxing rings to inflatable obstacle courses to rock-climbing walls, Spring Fling always had something new to offer each subsequent year, and my friends and I have some incredible memories from my friends and I taking advantage of all of the fun things to do on campus during the festival.

What are some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?

After my freshman year, I still did not know what I wanted to do with my life–which was a problem, considering I had to declare a major by the end of sophomore year. To avoid panic attacks and existential crises, I began asking my friends about the assorted resources available to students on campus, and they directed me to the First Stop Office. After a quick discussion with Dean V, she pointed me in the direction of Professor Kerry Duvall–and the rest is history. In summary, my challenge was to figure out what the heck I wanted to do with my life, and I found my solution by swallowing my pride, utilizing the many resources available to students on campus, and finding the best adviser I could have ever asked for.

What are your plans for after graduation?

After graduation, I will be spending the summer studying for my CPA certification, and then I will begin working full-time in August as an audit accountant for KPMG.

What would you tell yourself as a first-year at McDaniel?

I would tell myself to get involved sooner, and to do more within my organizations. I met the majority of my friends through the clubs that I joined, and I only began to take advantage of the amazing activities organized by the Res Life, OSE, and ODI offices during my junior year. I greatly enjoyed my time here at McDaniel, but I would have enjoyed it even more if I had gotten more involved — and started doing more things — as a first-year student.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the McDaniel community?

Befriend the wonderful women who run Glar; they’re great people to talk to, and they’ll give you extra food if you get to know them, too.