Guest Blogger: Samuel Teichelman, Senior at UTD
Why am I here? Because it’s much more fun than studying or reading musty textbooks. Because I love to write. Because I’m opinionated.
But in a broader sense, why am I here? Why accounting?
I was on my way out of the restroom the other day when I bumped into an old colleague whose name I cannot remember (which seems to be plaguing me more and more as time goes on). One thing that remained with me from that conversation was our discussion of details versus concepts. And I’m a detail-oriented guy.
I’ve read the budget for the United States of America. I checked their math. I read the footnotes first. The devil is in the details, and I’ll read between the lines to find him.
And while being detail-oriented isn’t a requirement of accountants, many of our profession’s ranks love to crunch numbers and track items that require a great attention to detail. So detail-loving certainly helps.
But, the best articles seem to be qualified answers, so I suppose there should be another side to this coin which will act twofold: one, it will increase the quality and thoughtfulness of my submission; two, it will make my submission much more difficult to write.
You see, as with most things in life, creating something that is better than before requires more work than before. Ironically, as the flip side of our quasi-phorical coin, being willing to put in extra work for better results is important in accounting (and every profession, for that matter). Your journals entries may not be material, but they lead to material accounts. Your mistakes may go unnoticed, but they won’t serve you any better.
We can all strive to be better at what we are doing, and to appreciate our situations a little more. So with that being said, why am I here?
Because I have three chapters to read, a stack of homework problems to work, and somehow, in the overwhelming-ness of it all, this is the only thing I can focus on.
Enjoy your semesters, and stay focused!