UC Berkeley, Class of 2020
I have been interested in accounting from a young age, when I would spend hours looking through my dad’s old handwritten ledgers. My interest was rekindled when I began taking accounting classes at my junior college. I found that I excelled because I enjoyed the subject so much. After learning more about public accounting, I decided to pursue a career in auditing.
When I transferred to Cal, I was unprepared for the pace of recruiting, which began immediately upon starting my first classes. All my effort went into making the GPA cap for the Economics program and adjusting to the more rigorous level of coursework, and I felt I was falling behind with my career preparation goals. I wasn’t confident about my ability to demonstrate to employers that I was moving toward CPA readiness, and I needed a way to reach my 150 units.
When I learned that the BCPA program offered the chance to take 16 units of accounting classes during the summer, I didn’t hesitate to apply. The program was challenging and extremely rewarding for me. I found the professors to be engaging and knowledgeable. The classes were highly collaborative and full of relevant information beyond just debits and credits.
The greatest value of the BCPA program came from the connections that it created with peers and industry professionals. BCPA staff have done an excellent job of designing activities to engage students with the accounting community. I appreciate the chance to become a BCPA Ambassador so I can share my experiences and help others discover the opportunities that I have found. I encourage anyone who would like to prepare for the CPA and pursue a career in accounting to seriously consider applying.