Meet Amanda (Pitner) Schroeder. Amanda is a graduate of Central Catholic, Class of 2000. She is also a wife, mother, and successful CPA. After graduating from CC, she attended Ball State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in accounting. She continued her education at Ball State and completed her master’s degree to become a Certified Public Accountant. Upon completing her master’s degree, Amanda moved to Indianapolis to work for Deloitte, one of the Big 4 accounting firms in the country.
Amanda married her college sweetheart, Joe, in July of 2005. They moved to Michigan so that Joe could pursue his doctorate degree in accounting at Michigan State University. Amanda continued to work as a CPA while living in Michigan. In 2011, Amanda and Joe welcomed their first son, Max. They settled in Bloomington, Indiana in 2013. Amanda joined the Indiana University staff teaching courses in accounting. Their second son, Ben, joined them in 2014. Amanda is currently a Financial Analyst for Cook Medical. She enjoys spending time with family, playing with her boys, traveling, and cheering for Ball State, Michigan State, and Indiana sports.
I was recently able to catch up with Amanda to discuss how her education and experience from the Lafayette Catholic Schools prepared her for her college education and career. Here is what she had to say:
Question: How did your education from the Lafayette Catholic Schools prepare you for college and your career?
Answer: When I graduated CC, I was more than prepared for college. I had learned to be disciplined in my studying and a great time manager, having also been a student athlete. I had great teachers that cared about their students both academically and personally. I was challenged in the classroom and taught what I needed to be successful at the next level.
I attended the LCSS from kindergarten through 12th grade. During that time, many of my classmates never changed, which presented a unique opportunity to develop an important skill, which I have used throughout my life. Attending school for so many years with such a small, intimate group of people allowed me to learn how to get along with many different personalities. Unlike in a bigger school, I couldn’t just surround myself with people like me. This has been an invaluable skill in both college and my career where I am able to effectively work and adapt to different personalities and work styles.
Question: What did you like most about your experience at LCSS?
Answer: I loved attending the Catholic schools. The combination of a fantastic education and the nurturing of my faith was priceless for the development of who I am today. The one thing I liked the most was the ability to be involved in anything that I wanted to. I had the opportunity to be a part of four sports teams as well as choir. This allowed me to do what I like, learn new skills, and become a well-rounded person.
Question: What is your favorite memory from your years at LCSS?
Answer: My senior year playing volleyball – I felt very much alive that season. Maybe it was because I was the most prepared I had ever been for a season or maybe because I knew my time as a volleyball player was coming to an end. It didn’t matter the outcome of a match, although I preferred to win, as long as I had played my best and my team was united.
It’s always great to hear from our alumni and how their experience with our schools have shaped their lives. Keep an eye out for our next Alumni Corner where we catch up with another LCSS alumni.