I think an appropriate place to start the story of my journey across the country to UVA and back would be at the University of Oregon, where I got my undergraduate degree in Accounting. Senior year at Oregon was exciting and nerve-wracking, all wrapped around a national championship appearance for the football team (we lost). I was taking difficult, (but not “intermediate accounting” difficult) upper-level business courses as part of the Lundquist College of Business at UO. Oh what I would give to go back to no classes on Friday and those famous Oregon summers…
I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and received my Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration in Accounting from Gonzaga University before starting the M.S. in Accounting Program at UVA. I recruited through Gonzaga University, so already had interned with KPMG and accepted a full-time position with the firm in the Seattle office.
A big factor that influenced my decision to do the M.S in Accounting at the McIntire School of Commerce is the pleasant academic atmosphere created by the professors and students. As an M.S in Accounting student you immediately feel part of a larger community, and one of the best examples of how our network spans far beyond just the accounting department, is with the elective courses offered in the program.
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!
An important goal of the M.S. of Accounting program at McIntire is to expand students’ understanding of the accounting profession beyond simply knowing transactions, and learning the actual implications behind each accounting decision.
So far we’ve posted blogs on the current M.S. in Accounting (MSA) students’ transitions to UVA from different countries as well as larger universities. For the third part of the series, three students will share their transition from smaller colleges and universities to UVA. We hope some of you will be able to connect with these students as they share their experiences, as well as some advice. Each student discusses their answers to the following questions:
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.
In part one of our series we shared the stories of three current M.S. in Accounting (MSA) students who moved here from another country. In part two, we’ll learn about a few more students who made their transition to UVA from universities with 28,000+ students. As stated previously, over 40 undergraduate institutions are represented in this year’s class. Our hope is that you can connect with some of these students and use their experiences to help you in making your decision!
Since the beginning of the M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program in August, it has been evident that the approach to teaching and the structure of the courses at McIntire would be entirely different than anything I had experienced as a student in the past. While looking through syllabi the first day of class, I noticed the emphasis placed on class participation, group work, and learning the implications of accounting standards.
The second weekend in November, twenty-three accounting students came from around the country to Meet McIntire, an interactive two-day event designed to give accounting majors the opportunity to gain a holistic view of the M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program. The group learned how to navigate the admissions process, attended a mock graduate class, gained team-building experience, and got to know the diverse students, faculty and staff who are an integral part of McIntire’s close-knit community.