My Story

Moetik? Maktak? Mautik?

My Name

My dad wanted my name to stand out and be unique amongst the crowd. Hence, he named me "Mauktik," coming from the Sanskrit word "मौक्तिक" (pronounced Moe-Kuh-teek) which means "pearl."

This word comes from a Sanskrit poem,
शैले शैले न माणिक्यं मौक्तिकं न गजे गजे। साधवो न हि सर्वत्र चन्दनं न वने वने॥
There does not exist a ruby in every mountain;
Nor every elephant is adorned with a pearl on its head.
Sandalwood trees are not found in every forest;
similarly, a true noble person is not found everywhere.

The 9-to-5

My Profession

Currently working at a Big 4 accounting firm in their 2-year experiential staff program within the Tax practice. I have a background in State and Local Taxes, Credits and Incentives, compliance, and provision work. For three months, I was part of an exploratory research team regarding the income tax credits related to the Inflation Reduction Act.

Additionally, I am a part of the leadership committee of EY Chicago's Pan-Asian Professional Network, primarily in leading the annual Diwali office celebration, designing event invites, and providing insight into the South Asian experience.

"In the Joy of Others"

My Passion

I am an avid volunteer at BAPS - a global socio-spiritual Hindu organization.

I primarily serve on the National Children's Development Committee to develop the weekly children's curriculum that serves 110+ centers across the nation.

Additionally, I assist on a variety of local teams at the center in Bartlett including the @baps.chicago social media channels, weekly youth activities, and the monthly Timeless Hindu Wisdom seminar. Other projects include assisting the youth leadership program and the annual Diwali community exhibition.

Bleeding Orange and Blue

My University

Graduated in 2022 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Accountancy and Information Systems.

I have participated in a wide range of activities - Illini Bhangra, Accountancy Club, BAPS Campus Fellowship, and Gies Ambassadors. #FightingIllini

Sharing Stories

My Dream

Luckily, the skills and views I gained from my past experiences are applicable to design. Storytelling has been a part of my life ever since I learned the art of public speaking in 7th grade. Stories are a crucial tool in any industry to create an emotional stake in one's product/service. While I am continuously learning and developing my knowledge base, I aim to progress towards gaining knowledge in UX design, marketing, project management, and product space.

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