Maulik Khatadia knew exactly where he wanted to go to college. Not unusual for a young man, perhaps, but Khatadia was born and lived in Mumbai, India. His university of choice seemed almost a world away at Indiana State.
“The reason I preferred the Midwest was to be somewhat central to places I could easily visit outside of college,” he said. “I chose ISU, because it has a reputable College of Business program and faculty.”
And he’s so glad he did. Although his parents still live in India, Khatadia now lives in Indianapolis with his wife of four years, Valerie Khatadia (their first child is due in May), and is a senior in the audit and assurance services at Sponsel CPA Group. As a 2009 master’s degree graduate of the Scott College of Business, Khatadia says his college experience prepared him well for his career and for personal success.
“The faculty at ISU, especially the accounting faculty, routinely shared real-life examples and case studies to give us an idea of what types of problems we could be facing in the working environment,” he said.
One staff member in particular, Director of Campus Life Freda Luers, has been influential in his life.
“I am still in contact with her today. She helped me through several challenging times, personally and academically. I have come to know her as one of the most kind, helpful and honest individuals and someone who genuinely cares for my growth,” he said.
An active member of the student body — Union Board, Residence Hall Association, Alpha Kappa Psi, resident assistant and more, Khatadia said those campus experiences also helped prepare him for his future.
“A major component of my job is to work in a team setting on various client engagements, and these teams could change from time to time,” he said. “Looking back, in each of the organizations I was involved in and on-campus jobs I had, team work was always at the core of that activity. I learned not only the importance of team work, but also what it means to be a team member.”