Wartburg taught me to lead

NAME: Matt McAleer 
CLASS YEAR: 2019
HOMETOWN: Ankeny, Iowa
MAJOR: Accounting and business administration

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS: Captain of the Golf Team, vice president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, director of finance for Dance Marathon, member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: I knew I wanted a smaller school that allowed me the opportunity to get a great education, play golf, and become heavily involved.

HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR MAJOR: One day I want to own a business, so I thought accounting and business would be a good basis for that career path. 

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: This summer I will be studying for the CPA and CMA exams and then in August I will start working as an audit associate with KPMG in Des Moines. 

HOW DID WARTBURG PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR NEXT STEP: Wartburg taught me how to lead in a variety of ways, allowing me to enter the real world with so much confidence! 

Matt McAleer

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE CLASS: My favorite class was SW 213 Working With Different Abilities. This class allowed me to train a service dog that will eventually assist a veteran with PTSD. People do not realize how much time and energy goes into training these dogs, and it was so cool to see the direct impact that Retrieving Freedom has on those in need.

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST DIFFICULT CLASS: Advanced Accounting. This class taught me all about consolidating financial statements and was a constant grind. This class pushed me in so many ways and gave me a new appreciation for those who work in the accounting industry.

DID YOU COMPLETE ANY INTERNSHIPS: Last summer I interned at Casey’s General Stores corporate headquarters as an internal auditor.

DO YOU HAVE ANY MENTORS ON CAMPUS: Justin Crouse has taught me so much about accounting and life in the business world. I aspire to have his passion for numbers and “win the day” attitude.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU NEVER IMAGINED YOU WOULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: Spending 12 hours standing/dancing for Dance Marathon!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WARTBURG MEMORY: My favorite Wartburg memory was raising $153,307.11 for the kids at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital this past year. Just four short years ago, Wartburg College Dance Marathon raised $55,016.88 for the kiddos. Since then, I have been heavily involved in this student organization and helped it grow into one of the strongest programs in the nation!

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Study hard, but never forget to step back and enjoy the ride. It goes by way too fast.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT CAMPUS LIFE: Everyone treats you like family. The faculty cares so much about you. The relationships that I have made will truly last a lifetime.

WHY WAS WARTBURG WORTH IT: Wartburg has transformed me into a leader who is willing to take risks and act with a focus on ethics and service. I am so grateful for my Wartburg College experience. I would not change a single thing from the past four years! The relationships that I have built with the faculty, staff, and students will truly last a lifetime.