MPA Student Profile – Kaelyn Scoville

Name: Kaelyn Scoville
Hometown:
  Burleson, TX
MPA track: Financial Reporting and Assurance
Class status: Graduate Student (5th Year)
Graduation date:
 Fall 2017

Why did you choose the MPA program?
Coming into college, I knew that I wanted to pursue accounting, and MPA has an incredible reputation with the best professors and countless chances to network.

What do you look forward to most about your MPA experience?
I have really enjoyed connecting with all of my peers in MPA. We spend so much time together that we’re kind of like a family. The support from professors, advisors, and other students is unparalleled, and I look forward to keeping in touch with everyone as we start our careers.

What have you been doing since you received your undergraduate degree?
I received my undergraduate degree this spring, and since then, I have been working on completing my CPA. I have passed both FAR and BEC and will take REG and AUD in these next coming months while finishing my Masters.

What led you to accounting?
I come from a family of engineers, and I wanted to be different. When I found out I got into McCombs, I became set on MPA because of its incredible reputation and career opportunities.

What advice do you have for students interested in the MPA program?
If you’re interested, definitely apply, even if you are not an accounting major. I had plenty of friends change to accounting. I think it’s also a common misconception that if you pursue MPA, you go straight into tax or audit. While most students do go down this path, the career opportunities are endless with MPA.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?
Chick-Fil-A, conveniently located in the SAC, a short 2-minute walk from McCombs. Just kidding, probably the BBA Program Office where I work.

Where are your favorite places to go and favorite things to do in Austin?
I love going to coffee shops and meeting new people! 4 years later and I swear I still haven’t been to half of the coffee shops Austin has to offer.

Places to Relax on the UT Campus

Fall is finally here! Temperatures are dropping, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back in business, and students are breaking out their long-sleeve Comfort Colors. But, UT students know better than anyone else, this time of the year is also the busiest time of the year.

With midterms, assignments, group projects, student org responsibilities, recruiting for summer internships, and on top of that, trying to have a social life — life can be a mess. As students, it is so easy to feel overwhelmed and lack the motivation to continue to work hard. It’s so easy to fall out of love with our passions.

However, I cannot stress how important it is to take a minute for yourself, to rekindle those passions. Here are some cool places on campus to relax in between study sessions!

South Mall

When the weather is great, nothing beats sitting out on the lawn, looking up at the clear blue Austin skies. Find a spot on the grass and get a good view of the Tower while relaxing.

College of Liberal Arts Patio

Here’s another place to be when the weather is nice. The CLA Patio is quiet and peaceful, exactly what you would need to get away from the stress of college. There are many chairs and tables available for you to sit with a cup of coffee and a good book.

Gregory Gym

Working out can be a very effective way of relieving stress, and Gregory Gym offers a variety of facilities as well as group exercises you can join. You can also get your smoothie fix at the gym!

Student Activity Center

The SAC is a popular place for students to get work done on campus. There are many spots for you to get comfortable and be productive, or just to eat your Chick-Fil-A! The famous nap stairs can also be found in the SAC.

Cactus Cafe

The Cactus Cafe can be found on the ground floor of the University Union, next to Starbucks. The cafe is an intimate live music performance venue, always hosting a range of artists. This can be the perfect way to unwind after a busy day!

In between your back-to-back schedules, remember to take care of yourself. Mental health is a real thing, and it’s an important thing. Know your limits, and understand that giving yourself a break does not equal weakness. Work hard, take care of yourself, and hook’em horns!

Also, we’re so close to Thanksgiving.

 

 

MPA Student Profile – Joel Garcia

Name: Joel Garcia
Hometown: Weslaco, Texas
MPA track: Audit
Class status: 3rd year iMPA
Graduation date:
 Spring 2020

Why did you choose the MPA program?
The MPA program opens up a variety of opportunities within the accounting field. Although I may not know where I will start my professional career, I know that by being in the program, I will have the necessary skills to be successful. In addition, the MPA program is geared towards CPA eligibility, which is essential for many accounting careers.

What do you look forward to most about your MPA experience?
I look forward to meeting and working with peers and educators who are passionate about the accounting field. Many people outside of the accounting world see the profession as just numbers, but accounting gives a unique perspective that can have influence in making positive changes in both companies and the community.

What led you to accounting?
I have always wanted to be in a career that would give me the opportunity to help others, which is why I initially wanted to become a doctor. With me being afraid of blood though, I knew that being successful in that career was very unlikely. It was not until I started to see the importance that accounting had in every aspect of business, personal finances, and government spending that made me value accounting and the positive changes I could bring by being an accountant.

What advice do you have for students interested in the MPA program?
Join the program only if you truly enjoy accounting. I know that may seem obvious, but I believe there is a clear distinction between prospective students who want to join simply because it is the top program in the country and students who actually have a passion for it. The courses are difficult, so having a passion for what you are learning makes them enjoyable.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?
I wish I could say Gregory Gym was where I spent most of my free time, but that would simply be far from the truth. My favorite spot on campus would be the atrium in McCombs, since it is not only close to food, but brings in a lot of natural sun light due to the glass ceiling.

Where are your favorite places to go and favorite things to do in Austin?
I love Central Market. We don’t have one back in my hometown or anywhere near my area, so when I come to Austin that is my go to. I know Austin has so much more to offer than just Central Market, but if you have never been, it is a must!

MPA Student Profile – Alejandra Flores

Name: Alejandra, Ale, Flores
Hometown:
 Laredo, Texas
MPA track: Tax
Class status: 3rd Year
Graduation date:
 MPA- Spring 2020

Why did you choose the MPA program?
A passion for accounting led me to apply to the #1 accounting program in the nation. I discovered the great reputation of UT’s MPA as a participant in UIL State Accounting high school competitions, which were always hosted in the forty acres. In addition, I got to meet some of the wonderful professors as a high school camper in DYNAMC (Discover Yourself in Accounting Majors and Careers), which I was also a camp counselor for this past summer. The MPA program is the primary reason I chose to attend McCombs and I have been exposed and loved accounting since my sophomore year of high school.

What do you look forward to most about your MPA experience?
I look forward to many things in the MPA program, but a major part is to be able to learn from the other MPA students. The MPA program has some of the brightest minds in McCombs and I think it creates a challenging and motivating environment. I know everyone will be highly successful in the future, whether it’s in academia, public accounting, industry, or any other path, and I am enthusiastic about maintaining and developing relationships with my peers.

What have you been doing since you received your undergraduate degree?
As a third-year student, I still don’t receive my undergraduate degree. This past summer I was interning with Ernst&Young in San Jose, California. I was actually in the office when I read the email that I had been accepted into the MPA program!

What led you to accounting?
I took my first accounting class in my business magnet high school and really enjoyed learning the language of business. I joined accounting-focused clubs and realized that in my spare time I was reading my accounting textbook or studying for accounting competitions. It kind of turned into a hobby and I know I made the right choice when I feel the same cheerfulness in my 8am tax class.

What advice do you have for students interested in the MPA program?
I would suggest for students to pay a lot of attention in their ACC311 and 312 classes. I believe these courses are a very good hint of what the MPA program will be like. If you feel interested in accounting then the MPA program is definitely a great opportunity that can open many doors to different careers. There is no specific career path that all MPA students have to follow, the MPA can help develop any professional through rigorous classes, working in teams, and resources such as career advisors.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus is the union! I can grab a cup of coffee at Starbucks and there are so many options for lunch. I can study in very comfortable couches, catch a movie every Thursday, go bowling underground, or dance as a part of UT’s Texas Latin Dance. I feel like there is always something going on and it is a short walk from home.

Where are your favorite places to go and favorite things to do in Austin?
I really like going to coffee shops and exploring different restaurants. Austin has some of the best food I have ever had (Clay Pit is one of my favorites). I usually volunteer during weekends, because there are so many opportunities to give back in Austin and it is a great motivator for the rest of the week. Hiking, karaoke, and Latin dancing are things I enjoy doing with my friends.

MPA Student Profile – Kara Killingsworth

Name: Kara Killingsworth
Hometown:
  Rockwall, TX
MPA track: Financial Reporting and Assurance
Class status: Fourth-Year
Graduation date:
 2019

Why did you choose the MPA program?
I chose the MPA program because I enjoyed all of my accounting classes and it is the number 1 program in the Nation.

What do you look forward to most about your MPA experience?
I’m looking forward to interning at Ernst and Young next spring and utilizing my skills in the professional world.

What have you been doing since you received your undergraduate degree?
I have not received undergraduate degree

What led you to accounting?
When I first came to UT, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I decided on accounting after taking my first accounting course because I really enjoyed it and had a natural knack for it.

What advice do you have for students interested in the MPA program?
Do well in your accounting classes and get excited for all of the amazing opportunities the MPA program brings.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?
The Tower, every time I pass it I feel proud to go to school at UT.

Where are your favorite places to go and favorite things to do in Austin?
I like trying out all of the different food trucks in Austin.

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