The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you have come. As we approach the start of a new year, we’re taking some time to reflect on our first few months as an M.S. in Accounting (MSA) graduate student at UVA. Looking back at the first half of the program, we can clearly see how we have grown as both individuals and professionals. The academic and social experiences we had throughout the fall semester have allowed us to make this transition possible.
I hope you are having a relaxing winter break after a successful semester! I’m sure many of you prospective M.S. in Accounting students are starting to make decisions about where you’ll be spending that last year in order to qualify for your CPA. While there are lots of great opportunities out there, here are just a few reasons I chose UVA:
Happy finals week, and congratulations to everyone for wrapping up a great fall semester! It is crazy to think we are nearly halfway done with the year, let alone graduate school. Finals week in the M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program has been nothing short of hard work and dedication. Here in the Comm School, we are able to reserve study rooms and use open classrooms to study in quiet, distraction-free environments. We also have the MSA Grad Lounge, which we are constantly in and out of. Final exams may be stressful, but we definitely make the best of it. Plus, late-night studying with classmates in the Comm School always makes for great memories. Throughout the week, I have noticed several differences in preparing for and taking final exams in graduate school as opposed to undergrad, so I would like to share a few:
‘Twas the week before finals when all through the Grounds…
Lighting of the Courtyard
Every year, new students enter the M.S. in Accounting Program, bringing with them the different backgrounds they come from. This is part of what makes the Program so special. Students are admitted from an array of states and even countries to better create a unique network for that graduating class. In fact, an average of 30 undergraduate schools are represented in each class.
You have all “met the bloggers,” “met McIntire,” and are getting to know the students in this program. But what about the faculty members? In addition to the unique and talented students we have here at McIntire, what makes this school and its community attractive are its faculty members. The McIntire School of Commerce features a diverse and challenging curriculum, instructed by professors with high-level expertise and experience in their respected fields. Our faculty members are committed to teaching students the content of the course as well as the skills to be a successful professional. To give you a better idea, we decided to place a spotlight on the professor of one of our favorite classes in the M.S. Accounting Program: Forensic Accounting.