Blogger: Brittany Weber
My name is Brittany Weber and this is my first time blogging, so here we go! I’ll start off with sharing just a little about myself. I was born in Michigan and moved eight times while growing up due to my dad’s job. I have lived in Michigan, Maine, and Texas. Although I’m from Michigan, I would consider Frisco, Texas my hometown since I have spent the most time here!
I went to Wakeland High School, and my main activity was band. I played flute and piccolo and had the privilege to be a drum major for the marching band my last two years. Being in band played such a vital role in my growth and development, I was part of a team that worked together to create beautiful shows. Even though I have been out of the program for almost four years now, I still look back on my time there and am so thankful for everything that I learned while being there.
I’ll go ahead and move on from sob story about high school marching band now. I came to UTD as an accounting major with my mind set on becoming a CPA and was confident with my decision even though I had absolutely no idea what any of those things really meant. I decided I wanted to be a CPA because my aunt, who I really admire, is one and began her career in public accounting. I assumed this career path would suit me and luckily it did.
I recently completed an assurance internship with EY this past spring and graduated with my bachelor’s degree. I am now in the process of finishing my master’s degree and will begin sitting for the CPA exam this January.
In the past year I have really changed my perspective on how to go about life in college. The early portion of my college career was spent in my room doing homework and stressing about what would happen if I didn’t have a perfect GPA. Although I was involved in many organizations, both academic and social, I feel I missed out on many opportunities because I was afraid. I didn’t realize this until my older sister asked me what my best college memory was and I didn’t have an answer. I let my fear of failure take over and paralyze me. Sure, I was going to sorority events and going out for frozen yogurt with friends, but I never truly enjoyed it because I was constantly thinking about school.
This isn’t how our college days should be spent. Now I’m not saying that anyone should blow off school to go socialize, I’m just saying there needs to be a balance. When you are studying, make sure you are as productive and efficient as possible. Eliminate all distractions by putting your phone on silent, logging off Facebook, and going to a location in which you can be most focused. You will be amazed by how much you can get done in a timely manner when you aren’t distracted. By doing this, I saved so much time and can now make memories with friends and family without any added stress.
Enjoy your time in college as it will go by so quickly!