Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” This is one of my favorite quotes and has consistently proven to be true for me, particularly with respect to my education at the University of Virginia. More than a year ago, when I made the decision to come to McIntire for an M.S. in Accounting, I knew I would be in for a unique experience, but it turns out I got so much more. As I reflect on my recent academic milestone, I realize just how much I have grown and learned in this past year at McIntire. I am overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude and humbled to call UVA my alma mater.
Today marks the end of finals week at the University of Virginia, and for M.S. in Accounting students, it really hit home that the end of the academic year is really here and graduation just around the corner. To mark the last day of class, the Graduate Programs Office recently hosted an afternoon garden party at the Colonnade Club. The Colonnade Club is “housed in Pavilion VII, the oldest building on the Lawn, as well as the only pavilion that does not serve as a faculty residence.” The reception was catered by the Club and featured a very special guest, Cav Man! Students enjoyed the Club’s beautiful terrace and garden, socialized with faculty and staff, and marked the end of a fabulous year.
I remember how I felt when I graduated from college. I felt like an adult, like I had all the knowledge I would need to take the accounting industry by storm. But then I started an accounting internship, and everyone talked to me in what seemed like a foreign language. I began to realize that accounting isn’t just the debits and the credits. It’s about how to best reflect the economics of a business through financial reporting. Or at least, that’s what my boss kept telling me. If you’re reading this, then you’ve either been there, or you’ll get there soon enough. But the question that we all keep asking ourselves is, “How do we prepare for professional practice?”