As we document the Class of 2018’s progress in the M.S. in Accounting Program, we would like to highlight several of our classmates’ experiences transitioning to UVA:
Hometown: Johnson City, Tenn.
Undergrad: Covenant College
Welcome to the 2017-2018 M.S. in Accounting Blog, Full Disclosure! I’m from Binghamton, New York, and went to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where I earned my bachelor’s in Accounting. While there, I was involved in the Sigma Chi and Delta Sigma Pi fraternities, several student organizations—including Student Government—and volunteered with many committees and sustainability initiatives. I’m excited to continue several of these activities while at UVA.
We have some great updates to share about the M.S. in Accounting Program—including the announcement of a new program director and elective classes in data analytics and cyber security—but I’ll let our student bloggers fill you in soon. First, an introduction to the newest cohort.
M.S. in Accounting Class of 2018 Student Ambassadors
In less than a week, the M.S. in Accounting (MSA) Class of 2017 will be 100 days away from graduation! In honor of this milestone, I’ve surveyed our class and kept my eye out for some activities that are a “must” for us to complete before we graduate from our last semester of school! A few members of the program may be aspiring for more schooling down the road, but for now this list encompasses us all as we finish out these last few months here together at UVA. Without further ado, I present: The Last Semester Bucket List!
As a student, we all had that phase of senior year in undergrad when we starting counting down our “lasts” (i.e. last date night, last time walking to class, last test ever, etc.). Little did we know it wouldn’t be our official round of “lasts” until now, beginning our last semester in the M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program. Throughout winter break grad students take part in many of the same activities that others students are involved in (a.k.a. Netflix and sleeping). Although we’d love to sleep the entire month-long break, this time period is a chance for students in our program to open up their CPA study materials or increase their bank accounts to support upcoming summer adventures before starting work full-time.
With a football team in one of the top conferences in the nation this year, the Atlantic Coast Conference, home games at Virginia are always thrilling. After a big upset last weekend in Durham against Duke, Virginia took on Pittsburgh this past Saturday. The result didn’t go in our favor, however, that didn’t stop the M.S. in Accounting (MSA) students from having a great time together. Weekends are the best opportunity to get together in a more relaxing setting outside of the classroom. Each class is filled with brilliant people with intriguing backgrounds, which makes every opportunity to get together invaluable. Besides football games, we all stay busy by checking out the local vineyards, cideries, and going on hikes around Charlottesville.
One of the tools that I found most helpful while searching for an accounting grad program, was a glimpse into the daily life of a current student. Grad school has such an intense aura about it, that a personal account of someone’s weekly routine really showed me that it was doable! I’ll be honest – some aspects may seem awesome (e.g. no class on Fridays!), but the best advice I have is it’s all about how you manage your time!
We’ve now been in the M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program for over five weeks and it’s hard to believe how fast it’s going. Despite initially being overwhelmed by the number of students on Grounds, I’ve had a relatively smooth transition to life in Charlottesville.
What has helped the transition?
So, we did it! We have completed our first month of grad school. *collective sigh of relief*
While all of the UVA 4th years soaked up the sun at beach week and the rest of the undergrads were already back in their hometowns for the summer, us M.S. in Accounting (MSA) students enjoyed our final week together in Charlottesville. While waiting for our families to arrive for graduation, we used our last few days together wisely. It was the perfect time to explore the parts of Charlottesville that we didn’t get a chance to do throughout the year. Our goal was not only to leave with a master’s degree, but with memories and friendships that will last forever.