I wanted to talk a little bit about the importance of being involved in extracurricular activities. I know, this sounds like a boring or obvious topic, but I’ve found it to be the single most important thing that I have done at UTD. Here are some of the highlights of the things I have done in the past few years:
Vice President of Beta Alpha Psi (a national accounting honors fraternity)
- Professional Program in Accounting, a five-year program that allowed to me get a Masters degree one year after receiving a Bachelors, and exposed me to prestigious accounting firms
- Teaching assistant
- Participated in the Deloitte FanTAXtic Case Competition
- Won 1st place in the National AICPA Case Competition (and won $2500!)
Obviously this has kept me really busy, but it has been SO worth it! Because of my involvement on campus, I’ve had so many opportunities available to me. I’ve travelled to Baltimore, Washington DC, and Anaheim for school-related activities. I mentioned before that I won a pretty nice prize for competing in one of the competitions. These experiences have done so much for me. Not only have they boosted my resume, but I also learned really valuable lessons that I could not have learned in the classroom.
I’ve gotten to improve on many very important soft skills, such as leadership, public speaking, teamwork, among others. And even though I think my GPA could have been slightly higher if I hadn’t spent my time participating in these things, I would never trade any of them for a 4.0! I think being well-rounded and involved is much more impressive than having a 4.0 and not participating in any extracurricular activities. It gives you the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned inside the classroom, but in a fun way!