Meet Ian Haggerty '16

Meet senior accounting major Ian Haggerty. Originally from Wilmington, Mass, he transferred to UMass Amherst as a sophomore. We talked to him about his time at UMass and plans for the future.

HC: What is your best UMass memory?

IH: I have a couple that have really stuck with me. I’d say watching the Patriots win the Super Bowl was definitely a highlight; being surrounded by my friends during that final interception was incredible. More generally, my first semester here was so exciting. I loved meeting a ton of new people and the fact that UMass was everything I had hoped for.

HC: What’s one really important thing you’ve learned from your major?

IH: Aside from all that I learned in my courses, the most important thing was networking skills. Isenberg and the accounting department did an amazing job preparing me for networking and my career in general. For anyone on the fence about it, I would definitely recommend becoming a part of Isenberg,  

HC: If you could change one thing about your time at UMass, what would it be?

IH: I actually don’t think I’d change anything. There are probably some things I would have done differently if I were to start over, but then I might not be who I am today. I guess I probably would have taken advantage of the opportunities we have with the Five College Consortium; I think taking a class at one of the other schools would have been a great experience.

HC: What are your plans for after graduation?

IH: Career-wise, definitely work toward my CPA license. I'd also love to travel more, live in a city, get a golden retriever and improve my golf game. 

HC: What’s your dream job?

IH: My dream job would probably be to be in a famous rock and roll band, but I think it’s a bit late for that now.

HC: If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

IH: This one is hard because there are so many places I want to see! I think someplace tropical, but off the beaten path, like exploring the less-touristy parts of the Caribbean. I think if you only stick to the world's major cities you miss so much. Having said that, I'd love to visit Liverpool, so I could see where the Beatles grew up. 

HC: Alright, favorite comedian, TV binge, dining hall and place?

IH: Louis C.K.

      Lately Seinfeld and The Sopranos

      Berk, obviously

      And my favorite place is Wells, Maine. Every year my best friend’s family rents a house for a week there. I love spending time with my friends just relaxing on the beach.

All photos courtesy of Ian Haggerty