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Earning an Accounting Degree Requires a Never to Be Denied Attitude

The pursuit of an accounting degree accounting is not your typical easy walk through the park. It requires a lot of determination reinforced with an attitude of never to be denied. As I went through college, I encountered quite a number of people who gave up on their dreams of becoming an accountant because they could not earn a passing grade in either of the two Intermediate Accounting courses. Or if they did make it through Intermediate Accounting, they were not able to go pass Auditing or Advanced Accounting. My journey to an accounting degree required a lot of long and boring hours of hard labor. I did not have it easy one bit. In my last semester, I was averaging a B after two tests in Auditing when I literally failed the third test which brought my average grade in the class to a D. Halas, I was not paying attention during a couple of the lecture sessions and I completely misunderstood how I was supposed to review for two sections that accounted for 75% of the test. The two chapters in question were Audit Sampling Techniques and Assurance & Attestation Services.

Although I was saddened by the fact that the third test virtually nullified all of the hard work I had put in for the two tests that preceded it, I could not sit there and feel sorry for myself too long because a comprehensive final was right around the corner. Yeah I gotta give it to those accounting professors because they will absolutely not make life easy for any student that cross their path. If I could not get a D in the course, I was faced with the devastating prospect of coming back for another semester in order to graduate. Failure was certainly not an option for me. I had to spend a ridiculous amount of hours reviewing past topics and studying new ones in order to get ready for the final exam. My desperate efforts paid off because I did well enough to earn a C as my final grade in Auditing. I started the semester with a goal of obtaining at least a B in the course but I was satisfied with the C. I know a lot of people who would give it all up just to get a D so they can get their diploma.

The reason why I shared this story with you is because I wanted to illustrate to you how your will is going to be challenged as you advance towards the completion of your accounting degree. It is very important that you really understand that your diploma is not going to be handed to you, you will literally have to take it away. Do not get exasperated if you find yourself hitting the textbooks a Saturday night while some of your friends from other academic units are having a Saturday night fever. This is simply an example of some of the sacrifices you will find yourself making in order to reach your ultimate goal.

One Comment

  1. Comment by Kim Helbing:

    Thank you for taking the time to write this. I am having a really difficult time with cost accounting, I know I have determination, I will not give up.

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