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Julya Faulkner

Sweet success

When Julya Faulkner was just nine years old, the Make-A-Wish foundation sent her and her family to Hawaii. Now a cancer survivor and accounting major, she repays that kindness by involving the Institute of Management Accountants in fundraisers for Make-A-Wish. It’s just one of the ways this student leader and entrepreneur is helping others.

“My early health problems made me very determined to work hard and get the best education I can so that I can lead a successful life, regardless of everything that cancer tried to take from me,” she says. One of those successes has been her own cake-decorating business. In fact, she was hired to make all of the desserts for the President’s Leadership Dessert at ONU.

“It was an amazing opportunity,” she says. “It was, by far, the largest order I had ever accepted. It required a lot of work, but it was extremely rewarding.” Plus, she was one of the ONU students honored for outstanding leadership as a sophomore.

Her ultimate goal is not a bakery but a full-time position with a major accounting firm. “ONU has helped me work toward this goal by hosting networking events, and the professors help me improve my skills, résumé and networking abilities.”