A business degree was a balancing act for this explorer

Raheem Moncrieffe, ’22, has become a time management expert managing a job at the Philadelphia airport and classes at La Salle Business School.

Raheem Moncrieffe, ’22, is quite business when it comes to his academic achievement.

Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Moncrieffe and her family moved to Philadelphia in 2014. With the encouragement of her older sister, Melonie, to pursue a business education, Moncrieffe enrolled in the School of Business at La Room, in part due to its reputation.

“I chose La Salle because of the smaller classes and I didn’t want to go to a university where I would feel like just a number,” he said. “La Salle’s 4-year BS/MBA program in accounting was also a major pull factor in choosing La Salle.”

Moncrieffe, a working student, embraces balance and time management. A graduate in finance and accounting, he is a member of La Salle’s class of 2022.

The Commerce student is a full-time Fleet Service Agent at Philadelphia International Airport, with duties such as loading baggage and walking onto planes – using portable lights to guide planes on the ground to the terminal.

Moncrieffe’s work at PHL helps support his family. Melonie took on much of the household responsibilities after their older sister died of cancer. Soon after, Moncrieffe’s mother suffered a heart attack and was unable to continue working.

“Because of these circumstances, my sister had to contribute more to help the family stay afloat,” Moncrieffe explained. “I’ve tried to help where I could, working full time at the airport while going to school, but now that I’ve graduated I think I can take a lot more from him. ‘efforts.”

Working late, sometimes until 4 a.m., Moncrieffe must create a schedule and stick to it. Otherwise, it’s hard to wake up for the first few lessons and absorb the material.

“I was able to overcome a situation like this with the help of the great friends I made here at La Salle, the teachers and my sister,” he said. They are the ones who allowed me to continue. My sister would personally help me produce a schedule every semester to make sure I complete all the assignments. My friends and teachers were always ready to explain anything I might have missed in class. Their continued support along with my own desire to succeed got me through one of the toughest, but also one of the best, times of my life.

Moncrieffe became invested in his finance and accounting course material after his first class with assistant accounting professor Tom Adams, Ph.D., CPA, ’05.

“Raheem is one of the most talented students I have ever had in class. He is kind, smart, hardworking and quick on his feet. His positive attitude and enthusiasm are contagious, and I smile thinking back to him in doing magic tricks on me after class.

—Tom Adams, Ph.D., CPA, ’05

Assistant Professor of Accounting

“Dr. Adams made me develop a passion for accounting that I didn’t have when I chose it as my major,” Moncrieffe explained. “The way he teaches resonated with the way I learn, and the more lessons I had with him, the more absorbed I became in accounting.”

Adams’ guidance outside of the classroom also helped Moncrieffe succeed.

“Raheem is one of the most talented students I’ve ever had in class,” Adams said. “He is kind, smart, hardworking and quick on his feet. His positive attitude and enthusiasm are contagious, and I smile when I think of him performing magic tricks on me after class.

Yes, said Adams, Moncrieffe is a magician. It was just one component of his personality, the professor said, which made him an important presence in his class.

“Raheem is a kind and caring individual,” Adams said, “and a shining example of the students who attend La Salle: brave, determined and persistent with a never say die attitude.”

Outside of class and work, Moncrieffe serves as president of the de La Salle chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants and is part of the University’s Business Scholars Co-Op program. The mentorship of Penelope Grob, director of the Business Scholars Co-op Program at La Salle, motivated him to succeed.

“She would have workshops to develop my interview skills and she also helped build my resume,” he said. “Most importantly, she played a major role in my job search after graduation.”

“Raheem is one of those students who you know is destined for great things,” Grob said. “I remember Raheem coming to La Salle for an 8am class after working late at the airport and was able to contribute to the class, be an active and engaging participant and juggle his work and college life. Few students are able to work nearly full-time, commit to volunteering on campus, have a double major, and show a smile every day. I can’t wait to see where life will take Raheem. I know he will continue to be a wonderful human being who will do great things and be an example to everyone around him.

After graduating, Moncrieffe will work as an audit associate at KPMG US LLP while studying for the CPA exam. Entering the world of work with a La Salle degree means a lot to Moncrieffe, who can now help her sister support her family.

“I will have the opportunity to relieve her of some of this burden that she had to carry alone for so long,” he said.

—Meg Ryan

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