Sarrah Asokumar, a first-generation college graduate, has proven that one can bring heart to auditing. Sarrah received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in December 2021 with a major in accounting and minors in leadership and human capital. “I am grateful to be able to graduate from college with high academic standing when neither of my parents had the opportunity,” she says.
C. Hawkins, Director of Student Engagement + Philanthropy, Northeastern University Alumni Relations, says Sarrah is “well respected by her peers and good at training others.” She was President and Vice President of Campus Relations for Student Alumni Ambassadors. When Hawkins first became involved, he says he was “impressed with her tenacity in keeping the organization running and helping me understand the history.” Sarrah says being a Student Alumni Ambassador was a major achievement. “I have been able to help students find a welcoming organization on campus, help alumni maintain their connection with Northeastern and make a greater impact on the Northeastern community.”
Sarrah’s organization skills have helped her when she was an audit and assurance intern at Deloitte. She managed the loan confirmations process for more than 1,000 positions through daily bank and client correspondence and ensured their accuracy. As a tax intern for Andersen, she analyzed and compiled financial statements and tax returns for more than 70 high net-worth individuals, trusts, and corporate accounts. As a global controlling accountant for Converse, Inc., Sarrah helped improve organizational processes.
Throughout her time at Northeastern, Sarrah was active in several organizations. She was treasurer of NU State, NU’s largest performing arts organization, and was a fellow for the Building Belonging Fellowship program, working 60-80 hours a week while maintaining leadership roles and organizing events such as Mayor of Huntington Avenue and Husky Spirit Day.
As a community volunteer, she worked with Round Table Community Center and in the Husky Hugs effort of donating stuffed huskies and funds to children’s hospitals. Sarrah was also a member of Sunrise Northeastern, a volunteer group working to stop climate change as part of the Sunrise Movement; a member of Women in Business; and a member of the intramural broomball team.
Sarrah is currently studying for the CPA exam and hopes to pass it before she begins working later this year as a full-time auditor for Deloitte.
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I have been able to help students find a welcoming organization on campus, help alumni maintain their connection with Northeastern and make a greater impact on the Northeastern community.”Sarrah Asokumar