Wow, this is a broad question. How exactly do I wrap up my ACAP experience in this little box?
The Accounting Career Awareness Program solidified my interest in business. I am Human Resource Development major; I love working with people and intend to build a career that revolves around that! ACAP really catered to students, not only interested in business/accounting, but interested in individual, professional, and academic growth. It was refreshing to see that ACAP promoted strong networking skills, because no matter what profession one seeks...networking is a critical skill to have.
By far, the greatest skill ACAP gave me was professional networking. I currently attend a HBCU and the divide between those with the knowledge and those without is clearly evident, especially in the business department. Just knowing how to dress, act, present yourself, speak, ask questions, and on and on, has helped me to stand out as one of the excellent few. Further, ACAP allowed me to realize not only that I need to ask questions, but also how to ask questions when I am in doubt. There is always a Mr. Odell somewhere around you, you just have to find him!
ACAP has really help me network with people that will not just entertain but be benificial to me in the future business world. I love that ACAP gives a good view on how the business world will operate in the near future.
I defiantly agree with Dillard. ACAP has defiantly helped me network with others and not be afraid to vocalize my questions and options. ACAP has also showed me that there's no problem with people hearing your voice because if you say the right things people will remember you for the better.
Acap helped me gain communication skills and gave me knowledge on the business /accountant major. When I do speeches at school now, I am not nervous because at ACAP I had to talk in front of a crowd.
ACAP has really helped me a lot. Though this is my second year, i regret not taking advantage of the opportunities that were presented to me, which makes it harder note because I'm a returning student acting as though this is my first time. So this year I'm really trying to be on to of everything that is presented to me. But this is an outstanding program and it is extremely beneficial.
I feel all of the information we (myself) have received here at ACAP will help us prosper in our future, really focusing on "College Life" the tips that are given and the knowledge of Admission, Financial aid are really important things to know going forward in college. And it has been a true pleasure to sit and listen to the speakers that have volunteered their time to come and speak to us ACAP Students. And I really look forward to learning more!
Even the interview process was a learning experience. These interviews have helped me manage how I should handle future interviews, even when it comes to how i dress, when I show up, and even my posture. ACAP has even helped me on how I should depict colleges and which ones are right for me. It also helped me get a view on what major is right for me, and even informed me on what certain careers do daily. The best thing that ACAP has done is given me connections and opportunities that most people my age would dream of having. The aspect of networking is something that ACAP has embedded in my mind, and i'm glad this trait is something that i can flourish in. Thank you NABA members and ACAP staff.
Attending ACAP my sophomore year of high school, taught me the importance of not being afraid to step out on a limb and speak to people. I used to be a very shy person, when it came time to speak with adults. ACAP made me realize how important it is to get your name out there, and take advantage of social engagements with important people in the corporate world. Simply stating your name, and sharing your interests, and goals, is capable of opening tons of doors.
My most memorable life lesson with ACAP would be learning to be tolerant of many different types of personalities, as well as being open to suggestion, and accepting of positive criticism. At ACAP I had the opportunity to work with kids from all over the metroplex, all with different ways of thinks, and many different opinions on simple things. Engaging with those people has helped me through out high school. I am now able to work well with others, whether they are opinionated or very quiet.
ACAP's emphasis on networking, and the group project gave me the opportunity to obtain character traits that have helped me along the way. I am now fearless when it comes to meeting new people, and I now have an even greater ability to successfully work with others.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful experiences that you have had with ACAP. I remember my first year as a counselor with ACAP and I saw you participated with the program. I recall those shy moments and I can be your witness that you are more vocal in group settings. Keep up the positive attitude and the great work.
ACAP has really helped me to learn how to network and become more social with my peers and even some adults that will be able to help benefit me in the future. I've gotten connected with a lot of people that can help guide me while I'm working my way through school and hopefully those will lead me to others who can help me as I go on to look for a job and go further into my career.
Odell Brown serves as Executive Director of Dallas ACAP. Nora O'Garro is the Director.