Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Graduation Date: May 2016
High School/Hometown: Monmouth Academy/Howell, NJ
Clubs/Activities: Peer Tutor
If you find yourself in need of some extra help in accounting, just take a look outside and catch Michael Purrazzella ’16 as he rides his bike around campus.
Since transferring from Ocean County College, Michael has worked as a peer tutor for the university, bringing his friendly and personable attitude into his sessions, where he assists students in subjects like accounting.
“The real value of Georgian Court is the values that we emphasize that don’t make sense until later, when we venture out into the world and see that our knowledge and growth are challenged by the difficult decisions we make. Being ethical and seeking respect, justice, and compassion doesn’t come easy or cheap. We earn those values through the strength and knowledge Georgian Court gives us, with real-world experience to show that we stand strong against a balancing act of right and wrong.”
While he has recently gained a reputation for being the only person to ride a bike around campus, Michael is better known for his individualistic approach to tutoring and romantic outlook on education.
As an accounting major, Michael knows firsthand how difficult the subject can be for students, which is why he prefers to teach it as a story about stories.
“What makes tutoring great is that you have been in the shoes of those who are asking for help,” says Michael. “So when someone comes to me for tutoring, I teach them a different way.”
Michael’s methods not only allow students to approach accounting in a more inviting way, but also provides them with a new way of thinking about education.
“There is a great quote from Einstein that says, ‘Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid,’” Michael notes. “I like to remember this when tutoring, because no student should ever feel stupid. That’s why I imagine myself in their shoes and try to figure out what approach will work best for them.”
Michael currently interns for WithumSmith+Brown. After graduation, he plans to continue his education at GCU and pursue an M.B.A.
Story contributed by Alexandria J. Graziosi ’15, who graduated in December with a B.A. in English