Florence Vasquez graduated in 2016 with a major in Accounting. She is now working towards her graduate degree in Accounting at the University of Arizona.
Why did you decide to go to graduate school? I decided to go to graduate school because I wanted to set myself up for a career filled with opportunities. I wanted to challenge myself and learn more about the career I chose.
What was the preparation and application process like? Since I was applying to the U of A’s MAcc program, the application process was very easy. The accounting department does a great job helping you transition from the undergraduate program into the maser’s program. The preparation process was challenging however because in order to get automatic admission, there were several GPA requirements I had to meet. It was a work in process all four years, but definitely rewarding.
What has been the most challenging part of your experience? The most rewarding?
The most challenging part of this experience has been learning to balance everything. The graduate program is challenging and at a much faster pace than the undergraduate program. I am also studying for my CPA and am a graduate teaching assistant, so balancing everything has been challenging.
The most rewarding experience has been getting close to my graduating class. I thought we were close in our undergraduate years, but the master’s program has taken it to another level. It is comforting to know there are other people going through the same challenging year I am going through. Everyone is extremely supportive of each other. It is also a great feeling to know that I am getting the chance to advance my education, an opportunity not many people have.
What do you hope to do after you complete the program? After my completion of the program, I plan to move back to San Francisco. I will be working for Ernst & Young in their advisory practice (and hopefully have passed all parts of my CPA).
What advice do you have for students looking to pursue the same advanced degree? The best advice I can offer is that while pursuing an advanced degree is difficult, never lose sight of your goals. The MAcc program will challenge you in more ways than you think, but as cheesy as it sounds, remember how far you have come. If you have gotten to the place you are at now, you have everything it takes to finish.