As a college freshman, declaring a major was a source of stress and preoccupation for me. I really did not know what discipline I wanted to concentrate on because I liked so many different things. My college advisor suggested that I take advantage of the elective credits as opportunities to choose the courses that most interest me. I still could not make up my mind. But the most interesting subject to me at the time was mathematics.
Lucky for me, the same professor taught the two math courses I enrolled in, and she asked if I was majoring in mathematics. I laughed and said “no” and explained that I was still undecided. What happened next is one of the most defining moments of my life. My professor said that if I loved math so much, then I should consider enrolling in one of the accounting classes. She assured me I’d love it too. Love accounting? I wasn’t even sure what accounting was really about! But I figured I had nothing to lose. If I didn’t enjoy the accounting class as much as my professor thought I would, then the class would still count as an elective. The following semester, I followed my professor’s advice and she was right! I fell in love with accounting.
That semester I learned that accounting is not only a science, but also the beautiful language of business by which financial information is presented to all interested parties. Call me an accounting romantic, but from the first moment I learned how to prepare the four financial statements, I’ve always considered how one statement flows to the other as beautiful as the movements of a symphony orchestra. The way in which financial statements are sequenced; the way that the income statement leads into the statement of retained earnings, and that leads into the balance sheet, and for the beautiful and final movement: the statement of cash flows.
Why choose accounting? Choose accounting because you love it, because it interests you in ways that bring joy and fulfillment to your life. Accounting is all around us—domestically and abroad. The business world cannot operate without it. Having passion for accounting can make the difference between working a job versus feeling excited for having the opportunity to work your passion.