“Be Positive!” How many times have I heard that phrase uttered from family, friends, and stranger mouths? Until recently, I always believed that people saying that was a futile attempt to provide comfort in times of distress. However, personal experience has changed my perspective. During my sophomore year of college, I contracted meningitis and was forced to take some time off school. I had heard that expression many times, but I was unable to see how getting sick and withdrawing from all of my classes could be a positive thing. When I started recovering, I took a few classes in the spring and summer at my local community college. This is when I began to see the "silver lining" behind my illness.
In my spring accounting class, I excelled largely due to my desire to learn and passion for the content. Because of this, I stood out to my accounting professor, who suggested I apply for an accounting tutoring position over the summer. I learned how important it was to be able to easily convey one’s knowledge to someone else who has limited knowledge on that topic. This was a great challenge for me, but proved to be very rewarding, because it forced me to become an expert in these principles. Through this and further discussion with my professor, I was able to solidify my major of accounting and feel comfortable and confident in my ability to pursue it as a career.
When I returned to school in the fall, I was a semester behind the rest of my class, and was enrolled in classes mainly with the people in the year below me. Despite this, I was able to meet several new people who have become some of my closest friends to this day. Some of these people even encouraged me to go out for the University’s Professional Business Fraternity, which has helped me make multiple business connections with alumni, professionals and current students. Ultimately, one of the biggest blessings is how it will affect my professional career. When I was forced to withdraw from school, I missed many scheduled internship interviews, and believed that hurt my chances in obtaining an accounting internship. However, it is evident that those supposed setbacks have landed me at Schneider Downs, where I see myself growing and learning every day. Therefore, this entire experience has taught me that when faced with an unfortunate experience, it is important to find the silver lining that is so often overlooked.
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