Tips for Success

Teresa HeadshotBlogger: Teresa Tran

My name is Teresa.  And I love accounting.  No, I’m not being sarcastic.  And yes, it is very challenging at times.  But at the end of day I know this is where I need to be.  I can’t see you, but I know what look you just made at the screen.  You think I’m just saying this for the blog.  But I can assure you that I am being completely honest!  I really did find my passion in accounting!

But instead of going into my further devotion for this incredible profession, I want to expand on Pearl’s post and provide tips for success in not only the accounting world but in any professional world through a grad student’s perspective:

1. Be Humble – Humility is one of the most refreshing virtues that seem to be disappearing in today’s culture.  Everything now is about being loud and getting attention.  It’s great to be proud of your accomplishments, but spending your time telling someone else is simply replaying that memory again.  Spend your time creating new memories with the people around you.
“Humility is not thinking of less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”   – C. S. Lewis

2. Stay Positive – You will have days that are hard.  It’s life.  It’s how you manage and handle the obstacles of your day that get you through it all.  Cumulative final exams, semester projects, and 20 page papers will be replaced with giving bad news to a client, phone calls to upset clients, and deadlines that seem impossible to meet.  Your responsibilities will change.  But staying positive will give you the mindset to get through the tough times with a smile.  Also, people will be glad to help you if you are positive!
And hey, if today isn’t what you wanted it to be – you have a fresh start tomorrow!

3. Be Confident
Do everything you do with the intent that you meant to do it that way.  It’s as simple as that.

4. Stay Driven – School life, work life, family life – doing all of this successfully requires the ability to keep going.  I’m going to start studying and sitting for the CPA in January.  I know that staying driven is going to be my main strategy if I want to pass all four parts by May.  It also doesn’t hurt that I am going on what might be my last true family vacation that summer.  Staying driven definitely comes easier with rewards!

These four attributes will get you noticed by the right people and create a solid foundation for you to grow as a student into your professional life.  And if you’re already a professional, you will become the most sought after person for group and team work!

That’s all for now!

PS. I do also love other things like We the Kings, Benedict Cumberbatch, making cake pops, Sealfit, Divergent, Walking Dead, painting my nails.  Just to name a handful so you know that I am a normal 22 year old!

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