Reflecting on My Time in the MSA Program

Personally, when I reflect on my experiences in McIntire’s M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program, my first thought is always about the people I met during those short nine months. As I’ve stated in other blogs, our program isn’t made up solely of UVA undergraduates but an assortment of students from all over the country, even the world, that are thrown together for one of the most challenging years of their academic careers. Even though some people lose touch, I feel our class has done a great job of keeping up with and supporting each other post-graduation. Whether it be trips to visit classmates who chose to work in a different city or even being part of the same group of staff auditors in a local branch, it’s comforting to know that although spread out, we can always lean back on each other for support.

Coming into grad school I always considered myself to be the structured and organized one but I remember thinking after the first week of classes that I had no idea what I had gotten myself into! The program taught me not only how to juggle a number of assignments but also how to devote specified attention and thought into each assignment when it all seemed to be a bit overwhelming. Even thinking back, I know now I’m going to miss having my “group-for-life” (our assigned groups for the first semester) to turn to when I have a question or need support when starting my career in October. One thing I do know for certain, is that my confidence in accounting and overall professionalism has grown enormously through the program and I’m excited to be able to begin work with such a strong foundation.

I believe it’s extremely important to always give back to something that you’ve devoted so much of your time to. In the months following graduation, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to multiple prospective and incoming students of the MSA program about what they can learn and how the program will shape them into professionals for their careers, just how it did for my class. Although the program is less than a year, I am grateful for the tears, hard work, and dedication that I endured to make me a reputable professional and forever a ‘Hoo in the workforce.

-Written by Corey Parham, M.S. in Accounting 2017

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