UC Berkeley, Class of 2021
Major: Business Administration
When I graduated from high school, I was completely lost and didn’t know what education and career path I wanted to pursue. My family has a background in running a small business, so I grew up seeing the traditional way of accounting. My mom, the owner of a small shoe shop, would jot down each sale in a ledger book. My passion for accounting did not stop, but it rather kept growing as I grew up. To further enhance my knowledge in accounting, I took some business and accounting classes while I was studying at a community college. I noticed that I enjoy learning accounting subjects because I am able to relate the materials I learned to my real-life childhood experience. Therefore, I decided to pursue a career in accounting.
When I transferred to Berkeley, I wasn’t aware of the limited semesters I have at Cal, and I didn’t take any accounting class during my first semester. I was overwhelmed with the transition from a community college because it is more challenging and competitive at Cal. I fell behind in the recruiting process not knowing the recruiting timelines, and I wasn’t sure if I can finish all my requirements on time. However, I learned about the BCPA program and that it could help me complete more accounting classes in the summer. I immediately included the program in my education plan so that I can be CPA eligible by the time I graduate.
The program offers a broad range of accounting classes and allowed me to complete up to 4 accounting courses during the summer. The program is challenging, but it’s also rewarding with the extensive knowledge and experience I gained from classes and networking events. Professors are knowledgeable and engaging, which also reflects in close connections that students are able to build while taking the course.
The most important value of the BCPA program is the connections with peers and professionals. BCPA program student body is very diverse in their academic background and career interests, which allows you to connect with other major students who share the same interest in accounting as yourself. The program also put up multiple events that will help you connect with professionals in the accounting industry. I appreciate the chance to be a part of the BCPA community and an opportunity to be an Ambassador for the program so that I can share with others about the invaluable experience. I highly encourage students who want to pursue a career in accounting to apply for the BCPA program because it will definitely prepare you for the CPA path.