With finals approaching and many of us studying for the CPA exam, everyone in the M.S. in Accounting Class of 2015 was ready to celebrate the end of a great year at Foxfield. You might ask, “What is Foxfield?” A Charlottesville tradition, Foxfield is a horse race held every April for the past 30 years. Girls dress in fancy printed dresses with floppy hats, and guys put on their most colorful pants and pair their best bow tie to match. Almost the entire UVA student community attends, making it practically a requirement for anyone who did not attend UVA as an undergrad (such as myself). Foxfield is what I’d call a true tailgating experience.
The University of Virginia recently celebrated Black Alumni Weekend (BAW) 2015, drawing the largest crowd since its inception 30 years ago. Over 1,200 alumni came back for the weekend festivities, joining current students, for a total of 1,900 attendees.
I joined a number of my classmates this spring and worked with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), a tax preparation program offered by the IRS during tax season (generally from January through April). According to VITA’s website, they provide “free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns”. Volunteers help individuals and families prepare their income tax return.
M.S. in Accounting students joined fellow graduating students, faculty, and staff in a champagne celebration in honor of the Class of 2015. Dean Carl Zeithaml toasted the crowd with a congratulatory speech, commending students on their success and academic achievements. It was a lovely way to mark the end of a great year as we approach final exams and then…graduation!
You will soon arrive at the University of Virginia to begin the M.S. in Accounting Program. Are you nervous or worried about settling in? What are the most important things to know and do when you first get to Charlottesville? Where should you purchase books, and where should you eat out with your parents? How do you get your University ID, and where is the gym? Where do students buy groceries and other necessities like that desk lamp forgotten at home?
With the academic year drawing to a close, a group of M.S. in Accounting students joined Dean Carl Zeithaml (a.k.a. Dean Z) for lunch to talk about our experiences in the Program. He shared with us the changes the Program has seen since he was appointed Dean, how the recruiting process has evolved, and how McIntire has become a national recruiting school for large public accounting firms around the country. We also discussed the global opportunities M.S. in Accounting students have during the year, such as elective special topics courses during January term and spring break.
Are you wondering what a typical day is like for a student in the M.S. in Accounting Program at UVA? Check out this short video of current student ambassador Naomi Himmelstein, as she walks you through her day at McIntire, living on the Range, working in the library, and performing a dance routine with her friends.