Classes are winding down as we prepare for the final weeks of our second to last semester. We have been through several of these weeks before so the general vibe is no longer anxiety, but instead excitement for upcoming week off and subsequent beginning of the final semester. This semester will bring four new and interesting classes as we are now spending the last couple months building upon our existing skills and learning more about the business and accounting worlds. More specifically, we are looking forward to our courses on business strategy and accounting theory now that we have achieved success in the more technical aspects of accounting. Most of all, however, we are patiently waiting for the few weeks of rest after graduation before we get started on our new careers!
It has been difficult to transition back to classes after the internship. Although some of us worked really long hours and sometimes even on the weekends, at least we were done once we left the office. On the other hand, you’re never really done with school. There is always something you could be working on whether it be writing that paper that’s due tomorrow or studying for that exam in an hour. Just kidding, but you get the point. Most of us, if not all, are very much looking forward to getting back into the office and putting our skills and education to the test in a practical environment. We are also excited to once again see and work with the many friends we have made in the office throughout our internships and graduate program experience. The money isn’t too bad either!
Speaking money, have you all heard about the bonuses we receive from our firms just for passing the CPA exam? No seriously, it’s real. It’s just one more benefit to having the CPA license under your belt. These tests really do require a lot of studying, but it’s more than manageable with all the training and education we get throughout this program. A lot of people describe this program as a professional program rather than a graduate program, and it’s true because it prepares us well for the career ahead of us rather than just filling our heads with numbers and theories. Now that the last few semesters are winding down, many of us are beginning the studying process to make sure we are completely ready for when we decide to sit for the exam. The firms pay for our materials and our professors provide a number of review sessions, so like we said before, even though the tests are hard we are all ready and excited to move on to the next challenge.