How to Capitalize on Your College Experience

Miguel Francisco Calderon

My name is Miguel Francisco Calderon and I am currently a Junior at The University of Texas at Dallas. My experience as an accounting student is a bit different from many other students as I did not continue my studies full-forced after graduating high school.

I finished my associate degree in accounting from Dallas County Community College in 2014 and joined the work force months after. I worked for three years with a petroleum company doing various accounting roles. I enjoyed working there and getting hands-on experience with what I learned at community college. They really enjoyed having me and pushed me to go back to school. This transition has been a roller-coaster ride of experiences. What I’ve learned is that college is a time where you truly discover yourself and what you are passionate about. How can you capitalize on this experience? Below are some tips that I have for incoming freshman and transfer students.


Joining organizations on campus shows employers that you have the desire to be active and it is a great opportunity to develop valuable skills. Being a leader takes courage, and it is a great opportunity to learn how to mold your leadership skills that will help you in the workforce.


We live in a century where technology is taking over and jobs may become harder to achieve. Get to know others, build relationships and establish a network of professionals that are willing to help you and guide you if you ever need it. It’s never too early or too late to network and professionals know this. Do not put yourself down because the next person may seem like a better fit, has a higher GPA or is more outgoing that you. Be confident, be yourself and GET OUT THERE.


Remember that everyone was new at one point. Be open minded and be willing to help others. You can give them simple advice on interview techniques, study tips and tricks, or how to plan your schedule. This may seem like a small task to you but it can help others tremendously.


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The Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) is a nonprofit, voluntary, professional organization representing Texas CPAs. TSCPA has 20 local chapters statewide and has 27,000 members. The Society is committed to serving the public interest with programs that advance the highest standards of ethics and practice within the CPA profession. TXCPA2B is a blog written by Texas students in pursuit of the CPA certificate. The views expressed here are those of the authors and not necessarily held by TSCPA or our members.
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