College Attending and Major: University of North Texas; BS/MS in Accounting
Reflections (Brother Henry Cerda attended ACAP as well):
ACAP encouraged the accounting discipline as their top degree. ACAP
showcased the possibilities of an accounting degree, enabling us as students to
understand the importance of the business degree. The mentors, volunteers and
presenters aided the "hungry for knowledge" and soon to be freshman students, by
giving us choices for our careers.
ACAP allowed me to ask questions of
professionals in the field of study I wanted to pursue, providing me an early
networking opportunity with possible future employers. ACAP reassured what I
had read in pamphlets or books about the accounting career. It allowed me to
have a clear choice of what I was going to continue studying for the next four
to five years.
ACAP focused on getting us out of our comfort zones,
encouraged us to make new friends, and develop our professional network--which I lacked as a student. I learned a lot from the mentors, presenters,
volunteers, and most importantly, from myself through the activities that were
created for us. I learned about the things I needed more work on in coming to college; this has given me a great advantage. The week-long process
allowed me to network with professionals and work on building relationships
with our my own student peers. ACAP allowed me to be part of a great program that
has allowed growth as a professional and as a person as well!
Accomplishments to Date:
ACAP made me realize a few things I needed help with. For example, I was
(for the most part) used to being in my comfort zone. When I decided to
apply to ACAP, I knew that had to change. ACAP showed me that networking or building
relationships with individuals was key to being successful. I now have been
part of several organizations in leadership roles to develop my network of key
individuals and grow as a person.
I am now a part of the prestigious
Professional Leadership Program at UNT which touches a lot on what ACAP did for
me during the summer of 2011. For the upcoming year, I will be a Student
Director for the program, allowing me to work hands-on with professionals in
many fields of study, to understand workplace etiquette. Through the
program, I have attained an internship in a public accounting firm and will have
many people looking at my resume for the upcoming years. I feel ACAP put into
perspective the many things a college student will face in their early stages
as a professional, and gives you a heads up of what tools you will have to use
in order to be successful.
The Accounting Career Awareness Program will help you the most if you
put in the most. ACAP will help you understand the importance of different
perspectives and ideas. Even though ACAP is only a week-long program, it helps
you understand the many things you are unsure of coming in as a new student to a
college or university. It will allow you to grow as a person, professional, and
will aid you into continuing their vision which is, “Lifting as We Climb".