Libby Fleury is a 2020 Eller graduate and majored in Accounting. She is currently pursing a Master of Accounting at Arizona State University.
Why did you decide to go to graduate school?
I originally chose to go to graduate school because I needed more credit hours to get my CPA certification. As I began the application process and was recruited by different companies my senior year, I realized completing a graduate program would give me a huge competitive advantage and allow me to feel more confident in the accounting profession before entering the real world.
What has been the most challenging part of your experience? The most rewarding?
Honestly, accepting that I now go to ASU (I have not, and will not, wear an ASU shirt). The second most challenging part has been navigating the number of group projects assigned in graduate school. You all may think that BCOM is tough with group work, but graduate school is group work on another level. You may have two classes with four different groups in those classes with different projects due all in the same week. I will say, this has also been the most rewarding part of the experience. School feels more like the working world now. Everyone is collaborating, working towards the same goal, and I have met so many great new people who will be great leaders in the accounting profession!
What do you hope to do after you complete the program?
I hope to complete my CPA certification, and I will be starting as an audit associate at RSM in the fall of 2021.
What advice do you have for students looking to pursue the same advanced degree?
If you are indecisive about if an advanced degree will be beneficial to you, it will. You will feel 100 times more confident in your accounting knowledge and excited to go into the profession. Also, do not wait to study for the CPA exams until you start working. I know it may seem like you are busy in your advanced program, but there is no better time to study for those exams than while you are learning more about the topics in your classes. You may feel like you have no time, but you have more time than you will while working a full-time job. Get it done early!