I graduated from Penn State University in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. I remember thinking to myself then, “What do you really know about accounting?” I completed all of the necessary coursework to fulfill my degree requirements and studied countless hours in preparation for exams, but questioned whether this would be enough to prepare for a full-time position following graduation.
In high school, I chose my first accounting course because I liked the instructor. I knew her classes were usually enjoyable, but didn’t know much else about accounting at that point. I went on to complete Accounting II and Advanced Accounting before graduating from high school in 2010. When I started college that fall, I enrolled in the Division of Undergraduate Studies at Penn State. I knew I wanted to earn a degree from the Smeal College of Business, but needed to take a few semesters to decide which of the various Smeal majors were right for me.
By the end of my sophomore year in college, I completed one introductory course in each field of business-accounting, finance, marketing, and management. It was difficult for me to come to a decision about my career at this point. Although I knew the time would come for me to declare my major, it was still difficult deciding which career path was best for me.
After giving it much thought, I decided to pursue a degree in accounting. By the time I graduated in May 2014, I was pleased with my choice of study but knew I had limited practical experience. I felt accomplished having earned my degree, but looked forward to my summer internship at Schneider Downs, hoping it would allow me to put my accounting skills to the test.
During the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to experience first-hand the typical responsibilities of the staff at Schneider Downs. Working in the tax department has given me the opportunity to apply relevant coursework from Penn State to a working professional environment. This experience has enabled me to develop an understanding of public accounting that extends beyond the classroom.
In two weeks, I will return to Penn State to pursue a Master of Accounting degree. Reflecting on my experiences this summer, I am grateful to have been able to apply what I do know about accounting, and am eager to continue my education. After my internship, I feel confident about the decision I made a few years ago to be an accountant. I would like to thank all of the Schneider Downs family for contributing to my experiences over the past few weeks. I am grateful that you have allowed me to further develop my educational and professional goals.
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