Cheers!

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Cheers everyone!

It was a wonderful year, and with the new year underway, the most appropriate blog would be to highlight the events this year and talk about next year’s goals. I am finally about to begin my last official semester of graduate school… can you believe how fast time flies?! Nonetheless, I am counting down the days!

A glance back at my 2013…

01.05: My cousin, who is like a sister to me, had a beautiful wedding at The Milestone.

01.07 – 03.15: Completed a Tax Internship (federal financial services) with PwC in Dallas with an amazing team!

01.16 – 01.18: an MLK trip with high school friends to Beavers Bend Resort Park in Oklahoma to camp and hike. The last time I went on a hike was in 5th grade. Delicious home-cooked meals, scary stories and movies, singing, and sitting around the fireplace.

03.18: began my last semester as an undergraduate student with 8-week session crammed classes!

05.06(the day may be a little off here): found out I got one of the positions as an accounting teaching assistant at UTD!!

05.10 – 05.11: took a last minute road trip to Atlanta (first time in ATL) to visit a childhood friend graduating from Emory University.

05.12: first time going to Thai New Years in over 10 years! (I’m Thai!)

05.18: four years later from graduating high school in 2009 and I graduated with my bachelors degree in accounting and finance!

06.08: went to my very first anime convention!

06.14: went to Destin Florida for the 2nd year in a row. While there, parasailed for the first time.

07.01: became a Becker Professional Education Campus Ambassador

08.12 – 08.15: PwC Intern Development Program “Launch” at Disney World!!

08.17: Went to KIXPO! My first time at a sneaker convention.

08.31: Megafest at the Dallas Convention Center for a street-style basketball game played by celebrities.

10.25: volunteered at the 2nd annual Super Conference at the Hilton Anatole hosted by the Dallas Chapter of The Institute of Internal Auditors

11.28: made a career-changing decision to transfer lines of services from tax to risk assurance.

12.12: finished my last official class of graduate school!

12.23: officially eligible to sit for the CPA exam!

What is in store for 2014…

CPA GOALS: Pass all four parts of the CPA exam. Pass all four parts of the CPA exam. Pass all four parts of the CPA exam. Pass all four parts of the CPA exam. Pass all four parts of the CPA exam. Pass all four parts of the CPA exam. Pass all four parts of the CPA exam. Pass all four parts of the CPA exam. Pass all four parts of the CPA exam. Pass all four parts of the CPA exam. Put this on repeat about another one million times.

CIA GOALS: Pass all three parts of the CIA exam. Pass all three parts of the CIA exam. Pass all three parts of the CIA exam. Pass all three parts of the CIA exam. Pass all three parts of the CIA exam. Pass all three parts of the CIA exam. Pass all three parts of the CIA exam. Pass all three parts of the CIA exam.

OTHER 2014 GOALS (you can see where my priorities are from the two paragraphs above):

Graduate with my Masters in Accountancy! Good-bye school and hello real world!

Travel a few weeks to Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, and Taiwan)

Begin full-time with PwC on July 21st

Be a valuable alumni to the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

Maintain strong relationships with established networks and continue to build more connections.

Hopefully this post allows you to see that working hard allows you to play hard too! Do not get overwhelmed with life that you forget to study! And vice versa, do not get burnt out from studying that you forget to live a little. Although I used to find myself “stressed” about school and maintaining good grades, I always remembered to make time for myself and others. And while I am out having fun, I always stay organized with what I need to get done. There will be many opportunities to enjoy the things that mean the most to you, but you should always remember to have balance in your life.

Happy New Year!!

Pearl

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