I have recently begun tutoring an accounting student here at UTD and helping her with some of the concepts she is learning in Intermediate Accounting I. When tutoring, nothing is more rewarding than teaching someone who has a desire to learn and do well. She has had some early struggles in her accounting coursework, and that can dishearten many students who are unsure about whether or not an accounting career is right for them. But this student is not fazed one bit. Even when a faculty member suggested changing her major to make juggling her academic and work responsibilities easier, she reiterated her passion for accounting and her belief that accounting is a study that will reward all her hard work. I have no doubt she will achieve her goals because an unwavering will and intelligent mind is a special combination.
Talking with this student had me thinking of my own experiences. Getting ready to take the CPA Exam next spring, I know it’s going to be a lot of work. Taking the CPA exam is not something you can expect to succeed at without putting your best foot forward and being prepared to study hard and study a lot. Just thinking about going through five years’ worth of accounting material in the course of four months makes my head spin. But here’s the good news. I know what’s on the other side of this infamous exam. After four and a half years I can see the light and I know all this hard work is going to pay off in a big way. Getting your CPA certification is the golden ticket to a profession that Forbes ranked as the 2nd best job of 2013. Being this close has just refueled me to finish strong and accomplish my dreams of one day being a CPA. And the most important lesson I learned was that all this hard work was worth it. Every late night studying and every test that made me want to pull my hair out were all worth it. The student I’m tutoring knows it too and that will take her a long way. Just like everything in life, the most rewarding things are the ones we’ve worked so hard for.