Hi everyone! My name is April and I am working towards finishing up my Masters in accounting. I graduated with my Bachelors in accounting this past May, and I want to tell you a little bit about the road I took to get to where I am today.
When I graduated from high school in 2007, I had absolutely no idea what accounting was, and, to be honest, I had absolutely no desire to find out. All that I knew about it was that it had to do with numbers, and because I hated math, it was the first thing that I would cross OFF of the list of college majors.
Like many college students do, I spent a few years bouncing around from major to major, and from college to college! I spent time as a neuroscience major, an elementary education major, and a political science major, and after many exhausting and frustrating years of not knowing what I wanted to do, I finally decided that I would just get a general business degree, since I had to do something.
To meet the requirements of any sort of business degree, you have to take two lower-level accounting courses. So, I reluctantly signed up for one, again thinking that I was going to hate it, because I hated math so much. To my surprise, I LOVED it! I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there wasn’t complicated math involved at all. Sure you have to add and subtract, multiply and divide, but that’s about as hard as the math gets. You’re working with money, not just numbers, and it’s fun to learn how to properly move money around in a business and properly account for transactions. I think it’s so interesting. I think that the subject really has more to do with logic, not math, and, after that first intro course, I completely fell in love. I changed my major and came to UTD, and have been so happy with my choice! I worked an internship at Deloitte and will go back to work there after I graduate with my Masters. It is awesome to know I have a career waiting for me that I am so passionate about.
Don’t get me wrong, plenty of people love math and still love accounting too! What I learned though is that it is important to keep an open mind and not judge a book by its cover. I think a lot of people overlook the idea of accounting because it seems hard, or boring, or maybe a lot of people are like I was and just don’t really know much about it at all. But it is such an important part of business, and the country really could not operate without accountants out there. It isn’t boring at all! It is a field where there is a constant demand for jobs, and job security is high.
Well, that’s a little bit about me, and a little bit about accounting. I look forward to sharing more thoughts and experiences with you all this year!