Scholar Stage - Martha Briones

Martha BrionesMartha Briones

Hometown: Island, Kentucky
High School: McLean County High School
Major: Accounting




Martha Briones is a sophomore at Murray State University seeking her accounting degree. This is her story.

Activities and Organizations

  • Emerging Scholars Institute
  • Intramural volleyball
  • Gamma Beta Phi
  • Accounting Society
  • VITA


Who has influenced you the most in your life and why?

My mother has been the most influential person in my life, inspiring me to do my best in everything and become a better person every day. She is one of the most hardworking people I know, and most of who I am today is thanks to her. She shaped me to become a respectful, hardworking and caring person. My mother also taught me the importance of helping others in need without expecting anything in return.

What first sparked your interest in your chosen field?

I have always been good with numbers since I was little, but I didn’t decide to major in accounting until after speaking with a close friend who was about to graduate with a master’s degree in accounting. The endless career opportunities in accounting sparked my interest. A degree in accounting opens doors to many valuable careers in the business world. Because accountants are always needed, I feel like my skills will always be useful.

What do you want to do after graduation?

Upon graduating, I would like to further my education and obtain a CPA license. I plan to move to a big city like Nashville, Tennessee, and work in public accounting as an auditor. I want to apply the skills I’ve gained at Murray State to work for a firm that places people first.

Why did you select Murray State? 

I chose Murray State University because of the campus size and distance from home, not too far or close. Murray State has a warm and welcoming environment where I have felt safe and cared for by those around me.

Who is one of your favorite professors and why? 

Dr. O’Shaughnessey, an accounting professor, is one of my favorite professors at Murray State University. Her passion for accounting projects through her lectures, and her enthusiasm is contagious. Her teaching style makes it easier to understand complex concepts. I can tell she loves her job and wants students to succeed.

What is one of your favorite Murray State traditions/experiences?

One of my favorite traditions at Murray State is the Shoe Tree located in the Quad. The shoes nailed on the tree are from couples who met at Murray State and later married. Some have even nailed their baby's shoes to the tree after starting a family. I get to see the Shoe Tree every day as a walk to class, and I think it is a sweet and unique resemblance.

What do you think sets Murray State apart from other universities?

Academic excellence is one of the many things that makes Murray State a distinguished university, setting it apart from other universities. Experienced and knowledgeable professors provide a rich learning environment and are committed to students’ success. Many of the faculty and staff are Murray State alumni. They are always very approachable and willing to help their students. Murray State provides remarkable opportunities for students to grow, lead, and excel.

For a prospective student considering which college to attend, why do you think they should consider attending Murray State?

If you want to attend a university with knowledgeable professors who truly care about their students, choose Murray State University. At Murray State, you will meet people who will have a great impact on your future. Be certain that you will be challenged at Murray State to become the best you can be. You will gain skills that will prepare you for the workforce upon graduation.


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