Time has seriously flow by! This experience has been life changing. I think about where I was a year ago, getting ready to start the program, and it makes me so proud to see how far I’ve come. From day one we were exposed to networking with the firms and provided with live panels to help us learn and decide what career track to choose (tax or audit). Throughout this year I have grown so close with some of my peers and have shared experiences that are so unique to us. Having the opportunity to change majors has opened so many doors and a whole new career that I am about to embark. Having obtained my job offer at the end of March, after the completion of my internship, has made me feel secure and able to focus on finishing up my degree and beginning to study for the CPA. It is an exciting time to work towards my certification and begin my career in the fall.
When I started this program a year ago, I had many emotions. I had just decided to change my career, and was moving to a new city where I did not know a single person. Realizing that my entire life was about to change was scary, but at the same time exciting. I knew that everything I had done up to that point would help me going forward, and that I was ready to take on new challenges. I was also a little bit worried about how I would do with the new material, being that I had never really studied accounting before. Luckily there were great professors and people who were more than happy to help and spend the extra time to make sure everyone felt welcome. A year ago I had many emotions starting this program, but I wouldn’t be happier that I did, and I am extremely thankful for the opportunities I have been given.
At this point in the program I feel like I’m seasoned enough to bestow some wisdom upon the next generation of MSA/MBA’ers. Here is the first piece of advice: Do some research on the difference between working in tax and in audit. This is like the number one question that gets asked at the start of the program…along with “why did you choose audit (or tax)?” It’s the first internship decision you’ll make coming into the MSA/MBA program, but remember, choosing one over the other right now will not define your future career. Also, try not to make it the first question you ask when you meet someone new in the field, get to know them, find common ground, then they’ll be happy to address question that we all know is burning in a hole in your minds.
Welcome and good luck!
It’s crazy to think that graduation in coming up in less than 4 months! It feels like just yesterday we were attending orientation week. While I’ve learned a lot and have had so much fun in this program (well, as much fun as you can have in school), I’m so excited to graduate and celebrate our accomplishments with my class! We have a week between the end of classes and graduation, to enjoy the (hopefully!) warm weather and August sunshine. My family will be coming up all the way from Delaware to attend graduation and I am so glad that they can make it. Thankfully I won’t have to move the day after graduation, so I’ll get to show my family around Boston before going home to relax for a bit until I start work at BDO in October! As much as I won’t want to be studying anymore post-graduation, I’ll probably end up bringing CPA study materials with me to the beach to take advantage of time off to study before I get busy with work – it’ll definitely be worth it in the long run!
It’s okay to be nervous – I definitely was – but don’t let that get in the way! Don’t be afraid to ask questions either. Whether it’s asking students in the class above you, your peers, the GSPA staff, tutors, or your professors. Everyone really just wants to see you succeed!