Whether it is school, work, or random activities that catch my interest; whenever I decide to do something, I put my all into it. Generally, I am a curious person. I come from a family of five and am an identical twin. From the age of 13, I have been a soccer referee. Refereeing has helped me to grow into the person that I am today. Without it, I would not have the same level of energy, confidence, and communication skills.
At Saint Joseph’s University, I am heavily involved with the campus radio station, Radio 1851. My show is called Sports and Rants with Brett and Pants. Being part of radio has opened up many opportunities for me. A career goal of mine is providing tax services in public accounting for high profile individuals to help them meet their goals.
Understanding the differences of the two main types of accounting can help you decide how to start your career path. The two main types of accounting are public and private. The big difference is in private you can only work for one company, while in public you work with more than one client or company. For example in private accounting, you would just be working for Coca-Cola; and in public accounting you would be working for a firm that provides accounting services to Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
Starting your career in a private company like Coca-Cola, you would not typically receive any true accounting experience unless if you are in their corporate headquarters.
In early October, Radio 1851 participated in national College Radio Day. The event is organized by the College Radio Foundation, and its purpose is to bring college radio stations together all around the world to celebrate the importance of college radio.
Saint Joseph’s campus radio station, Radio 1851, used the week of College Radio Day as a chance to run events to engage their DJs and the students on campus. One event of the week was a career networking lunch. Radio 1851 Career Networking Lunch provided students the opportunity to network with and learn from a panel of guests that are program directors and on-air personalities from local radio stations.
LinkedIn is a valuable resource to assist with your job search because of how simple it makes networking. Even though networking may take a lot of patience, it should not seem so bad. It is a task that will pay off once you get your dream job. LinkedIn helps portray your professional image to employers while staying up to date with professionals that you meet or would like to. The social media website for business is tremendous way to build and stay current with your network.
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After talking with a professional at a career fair or networking event,
It is okay for a student to not have their future planned out. Every future plan that I have is completely tentative. Coming into Saint Joseph’s, it is not necessary for students to know what they would like to do with their career. Saint Joseph’s will offer many new and unique experiences that will help students grow. The purpose and fun of college is figuring out what you want to do as you go along.
A minor is helpful and can help students learn about a career and not just a job. It can be related to your major or completely unrelated.
Since I decided to become an accounting major, I have always contemplated if I should become a certified public accountant. I am now a senior and I have decided that I want to obtain my CPA license.
Accountants get their CPA license to work in public accounting. After CPAs get their experience, they do not have to stay working in public accounting firms. Whether they stay in public accounting or work in private business, they are trusted to provide financial advice for businesses.
I was hesitant to make the decision to become a CPA because I was not entirely sure if I wanted to work in public accounting.
During internship interviews, everyone is asked: Why did you choose (insert major) as your major? When I am asked this question, I use it as an opportunity to tell the employer about myself. Deciding a major is just as big of a decision as deciding where to go to college. Some students decide their major based on the college that they are or will be attending, while other students decide the college based on the major that they would like to major in. I was a student that knew I wanted to major in accounting and then decided to go to Saint Joseph’s based on majoring in accounting.
Before college, you may think that coffee is disgusting. You may barely be able to stand the smell. However, once the rigor of college begins, coffee will be a necessity and become your sixth food group. Maybe the only way for a college student that is disgusted by coffee to survive is to wean into drinking it by adding a bunch of sugar and cream to it. Before you know it you will be drinking it straight black.
It is a known fact that college students drink coffee. This is why there is a Starbucks conveniently located on Hawk Hill.
Growing up as an identical twin, I always had somebody to interact with. My twin and I had similar friends, jobs, and hobbies. While we had our own separate interests, we both played soccer, refereed, and hung out in the same friend group. Wherever we went in public, we would receive the “deer caught in the headlights” look.
After people realized that we are actually twins and they were not literally seeing double or hallucinating, they begin to start asking us questions: Are you the evil twin? Which one is older? If I pinch you, does the other feel it?
Philadelphia Service Immersion Program or PSIP is a four day experience prior to move-in freshman year. The program allowed me to become acquainted with Saint Joseph’s community as well as the “City of Brotherly Love.”
After I received my acceptance letter and sent in my deposit to Saint Joseph’s, I was eager to get on campus as soon as possible. When I received an email about the Philadelphia Service Immersion Program, I was given the opportunity to move in a few days prior to everyone else.
There were around 100 freshmen that participated in the program.
As Dorothy realized in the Wizard of Oz, there is no place like home. Your hometown will always be there for you to go back to. However, once you move to Hawk Hill, you will find a new family and a new home. Nine months out of the year that I am on campus, I consider my dorm room home. I started to call my dorm room home after I personalized it to make it unique.