Summer Lovin’

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Blogger John Phelan

A new school year can be daunting – new classes, new schedules, new routines. I’m sure you’re muttering under your breath: take me back to summer! Well, I’ve got good news: it’s time to start thinking about next summer.

No, I’m not talking about booking your summer vay-cays. I’m talking about jobs.

If you’re an accounting major or considering accounting as your major, you’ve probably got one thing on your mind: a full time job. So how do aspiring students obtain full-time employment in the accounting world? One simple word: internships.

Accounting firms and industry corporations start their internship recruiting cycles anywhere from one to two years before the internship’s scheduled start date. (I once accepted an internship offer to start over two years later!) Planning and timing is crucial to landing an internship. Firms and corporations also typically recruit juniors to intern as seniors, a year later. So what if you’re a freshman or sophomore, several years from the big internship? That’s where planning comes in.

To be considered for a top internship among other top students, you must position yourself as a top candidate. To be a top candidate, you need a strong GPA, effective communication skills, extra-curricular involvement, and job experience. You’re thinking: I need work experience so I can land an internship so I can be hired full-time? Yep.

So let’s go back to our next summer’s plans. The Big 4, mid-market firms, small firms, and industry corporations all start their summer internship and temporary work recruiting in the preceding fall – which is now! If you’ve got your eye on the big prize at the end of the road, now is the time. Now is the time to solidify your resume with real, qualified business experience, whether it’s a job in corporate accounting, internal audit, external audit, tax, or any of the other countless avenues of accounting.

So, no, it’s not take me back to summer – rather it’s can’t wait for next summer!

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Introducing TXCPA2B’s newest bloggers!

TSCPA is excited to introduce you to 10 new TXCPA2B bloggers from the University of Texas at Dallas! Learn more about these future CPAs on the Meet the Bloggers page, and stay tuned for their stories and insight from their personal journeys to the CPA credential.

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She Passed the CPA Exam at 17!

Belicia Cespedes became one of the youngest CPAs in the world when she successfully passed the CPA exam at age 17. Read more about how she did it — and what she plans to do next.

Journal of Accountancy print issue

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Becker Professional Education and TSCPA Host CPA Exam Informational Webinar

The registration process for the CPA designation can be confusing and taxing! Join Becker Professional Education and TSCPA for a free webinar on Friday, May 1 at noon to help answer your questions and set you on the path toward becoming a CPA. Topics will include: Texas state license and education requirements, strategies for exam preparation, information on Becker’s CPA Exam Review, and more. For more information, contact Kim Holland at

To register for the webinar, please RSVP at:


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No Need to Panic

Brittany WeberBlogger: Brittany Weber

The semester is flying by, it’s almost March and I can’t believe it! This is typically the point where panic starts to ensue. The first round of exams has passed, project due dates are rapidly approaching and you don’t know if you will make it out alive. But don’t let panic take over because you will make it through!

Just last week I sat for FAR, which was my first section of the exam to take. Studying for the CPA exam has been completely different from what I expected. Going into the process I was terrified. All the classes I had taken over the past few years were a distant blur and I was convinced that I knew NOTHING. I was mad at myself. Why didn’t I spend more time studying when I was taking the classes? Why did I put all that information in my short term memory? Didn’t I know that it would all come back on the CPA exam and I needed to remember it?

Many of my peers had the same worries and fears, but there is hope! You retain so much more than you ever thought was possible. In studying for FAR, it was amazing how things that I learned years ago were still fresh in my mind. I had to dust them off a bit, but that knowledge was there.

I have seen so many students with the mentality that they don’t have to try in their classes now because the CPA exam is two or three years down the road. Please, please, I beg you, do not take this approach. View each class as a stepping stone to passing the CPA exam. Learn the materials now. Make sure you have an understanding of everything, don’t just memorize to get a B in the class and move on. This will not ensure future success.

Nevertheless, I’m not here to be negative and scare you, I am here to tell you there is no need to panic. Take things one step at a time. Do your best not to get behind in classes and simply put in the time to learn the material. I promise that if you learn it now, your life will be tremendously easier when it is time to sit for the exam.

Good luck to everyone on the remainder of their semester!!

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Hi, my name is Kelly, and I am an avid list maker.

Kelly EastwoodThere is just something so satisfying about crossing each item off one by one. Sometimes I will even add things that are already done just so I can cross them off. I owe a lot to my crazy list-making lifestyle.

*help me prioritize
*serve as a reminder for important events
*keep me organized

I am a big fan of “old school” writing lists out on paper. Physically, handwriting aides my memory. However, I have been burned on multiple occasions where I have lost my paper list. I thought I would share with everyone an app I really love. It is called Wunderlist.

This app is found in Apple’s App store, categorized under “productivity.” It is free. It is an app purely for to-do lists and tasks. My favorite feature is that you can share your lists with friends and then they have access to your list and can edit. I have used this app for sharing grocery lists, planning holiday vacations with family, and so much more.

Here are other features offered within the app:
*start conversations about your to-dos
*attach photos, PDFs, presentations and more
*delegate to-dos
*set a reminder to ensure you never forget important deadlines

I am hoping that Wunderlist will continue to help me this spring as I tackle all four sections of the CPA exam.

Here’s to productivity!

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Staying Motivated

Pankhuri MittalBlogger: Pankhuri Mittal

Hi guys! My name is Pankhuri Mittal, and I am currently a graduate student working towards my degree in Accounting. I will be studying for and taking the CPA exam next spring. I completed my undergraduate degree at UTD as well, in Accounting and Global Business.

So having been in college for 4+ years, I want to share some tips with you on how to stay motivated, especially when you reach the middle of the semester or start suffering from senioritis!

Stay organized with your material and assignments. Make a to-do list of items that need attention every week, and mark due dates clearly in a planner or calendar. I cannot stress how satisfying it feels to cross off items on your list. Doing this helps me see how much work I have already completed, which in turn motivates me to keep working hard so I can finish everything on the list.

  1. Set time aside every so often for an activity (unrelated to school) that you enjoy. Taking breaks will help you clear your mind and get a fresh perspective on what you are working on.
  2. Set smaller goals that work towards a big goal and reward yourself every time you accomplish one of the small goals. This way, you’ll be motivated to keep going and not feel burned out from too much stress and work.
  3. Lastly, ALWAYS STAY POSITIVE! You have worked really hard to get this far in your college career; you can keep it up and finish strong too!


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