amandaAmanda Griffith

Year in School: 4th

Hometown: Tustin, CA

Major: Managerial Economics and Spanish

On-campus leadership roles/positions/organizations: 
President of Davis Accounting Society

Member of the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team

Club Finance Council Student Manager

Why do you choose to be involved as a student leader?
As a freshman, I didn’t know what to join.  I wanted something that was active and different. I joined the ultimate Frisbee team since I didn’t need experience.  I didn’t like it at first, but I kept with and soon loved it.  Davis Accounting Society was founded my sophomore year.  I decided to get involved because one of my professor’s mentioned it. There are so many career paths you can take with managerial economics and I joined because I thought maybe accounting would give me a clear path to follow. My junior year, I became treasurer for Davis Accounting Society.  After that, I came into CSI to turn in our Expenditure Report.  I met Lyndon and he encouraged me to apply to the Club Finance Council Student Manager position.  Every part of my involvement has led to more opportunities. I am where I am because of networking and hard work. 

What have you learned about leadership through your work with others on campus?
It is hard.  There is a difference between leadership and being in a leadership position.  As treasurer, I was in a leadership position.  Now, as president, I am the leader of the organization. I delegate tasks and give advice to members.  Also, it is important to know that you don’t always have the answers.  When you don’t know the answer to something, a leader uses their resources to figure it out.

What is your most memorable experience at UC, Davis? What is your favorite UC, Davis tradition?
My UC Davis Summer Abroad in Spain! I had the opportunity to learn about Spanish Art and Architecture as well as immerse myself in the culture and practice my Spanish.

What is your favorite UC, Davis tradition?

Picnic Day! I went my first year to all the events- liquid nitrogen ice cream, the parade… I didn’t go the past two years but my goal is to go this year since I am a senior.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?
Being involved leads to great opportunities for the future.  It provides you with skills you need that you can’t always get in class.  A lot of classes forget about teamwork.  In leadership roles, you learn about teamwork, time management, and how to balance find balance.  All skills you need after graduation.  Another thing to remember is to stick with it.  You are going to have people shoot down your ideas, but remember your opinions matter.

How does getting involved complement your studies?
I’ve learned to study between classes really well.  I manage my time best when I’m busy.  When I only have one hour to do things, I double down my work effort.  I make to-do lists and create reminders on my phone.  Knowing my priorities and working on things in advance are skills I’ve had to learn with being involved.

Future plans
I will be working in San Francisco at Price Waterhouse Coopers in audit.  Being involved with Davis Accounting Society helped me.  It all goes back to networking.  Past Davis Accounting Society members work there and they were able to give me insight into the company when I was applying for internships.  Davis Accounting Society started because people want to work in accounting but there is not accounting major or minor.  Without Davis Accounting Society, I wouldn’t be an accountant after graduation.

Fun Facts

  • Role Model: Lyndon Huling
  • Favorite Quote/Motto: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
  • Hobbies: Ultimate Frisbee, baking, watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette shows