The 2014 Fall Semester kicked off a few weeks ago, and I have, as per usual, piled my metaphorical plate so high that I can barely see over the top. When I was chatting with my sister last week–in the process of trying to figure out if I’d taken on too much, and whether I could drop something–the following conversation unfolded:

    Me: Right now I’m working 40 hours, taking two classes (3 hours a week in class for each, 6 hours in class, total), which means at least 12 hours of homework per week. I also am doing my candidate semester for the Accounting Honors Society, Beta Alpha Psi (BAP)
    That requires 20 hours of tutoring and 8 hours of community service before 12/3/14.
    In addition to attending every weekly meeting, which is 2 hours from 6-8 on Thursday
    If I drop one of my classes, I won’t be able to graduate next December (2015)
    If I drop BAP, I won’t get to network with the accounting firms in Kalamazoo, which could hurt my job prospects
    I can’t quit my job because we need the money
    That’s where things stand

    Sister: …….
    you’re crazy

    Me: … Maybe
    Now wait. Who are you to call me crazy? I mean, you’re the one about to have two kids.

    Sister: yeah, but that’s like… contained chaos that I don’t have to handle on my own
    you’ve got like
    so many things
    all the things
    all the things are yours

    Me: … Maybe


She’s probably not wrong about me being crazy, but in the end I decided to do all of it. It’s going to mean a very, very, very busy semester, but so far it has paid off. After the Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) “Meet the Firms” event last Thursday, I have two interviews for accounting internships for next summer, and I’m talked to no fewer than nine accounting firms in the area. This can’t be a bad thing, I feel.

So things are ticking along, and there are upsides and downsides, as there always are.

Upsides: I did my first BAP tutoring session yesterday, which was quite a lot of fun, and now I really want to know how the guy I was helping did on his test, but I may never see him again. And later tonight, I get to tour one of the local accounting firms, which I suspect will also be a lot of fun.

Downsides: I am seeing a lot of coffee and not quite enough sleep in my near future.


Excel Successes: Wrote My First Macro

September 12, 2014

It may not seem like a big thing to anyone else, but I just successfully programmed my first Macros (four of them!) in Excel. Well, the first ones I had to do outside of a class wherein I had step-by-step instructions. I’d like to send a shout-out to Dr. San Miguel for teaching me the […]

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Fall Semester Starts Next Week … O_O

August 28, 2014

I just bought my books for the fall, and the total (including tax) was $583.73. I bought two books. And one of them was used. *sighs* That’s just silly. I guess that’s what I get for getting a masters in something that’s constantly evolving.

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Update: Somehow the Summer Flew By

August 18, 2014

Despite the fact that I wasn’t working this summer, I seem to have found no time to update this blog with my progress. I guess homework is like a gas: it expands to fill the space (read: time) given to it. It feels like I did little else this summer, other than study. But it […]

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Loving my Sales and Negotiating Class

June 4, 2014

I wasn’t 100% sure what to think after the first day of my Sales and Negotiating class. The professor outlined what we would be doing for the semester, which included two in-person sales calls (including all the necessary materials), role playing salary negotiations, and preparing a video interview. Just thinking of all the work that […]

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Update to “Of Missed Opportunites…”

April 29, 2014

I got in! I got into the Accounting Info Systems class!! After my original snafu, I made sure to check my college email every single day, at least twice a day. And I got it. I got the email that… A seat is now available in the Summer II 2014 course you have waitlisted: ACTY […]

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The Thing I Learned Today: Medical Portion of Auto Insurance

March 29, 2014

Today I learned that the medical insurance portion of your auto insurance is deductible on your Schedule A (Itemized Deductions). Now, in order to take advantage of this, you have to have enough medical expenses to get you over the 10% (or 7.5%, if you’re over 65) of AGI threshold for the medical expense deduction, […]

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Of missed opportunities…

March 20, 2014

Man, getting used to another college’s systems can be a bummer. First, I couldn’t figure out how to register for classes (turns out there was something wrong with my account, which is now fixed), and then I had to figure out how to put myself on the waiting list for the last pre-requisite (read: undergraduate) […]

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Application submitted

January 29, 2014

Well, I’ve done it. I’ve submitted my application to Western Michigan University (WMU) and requested official transcripts sent from my undergraduate institution and CU Denver. If the woman in the WMU admissions office that I talked to is right, my application should be accepted post-haste, and then I can figure out what classes I’m taking […]

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Update: Seasonal Tax Preparer Edition

January 29, 2014

I know I haven’t been posting a lot in the last few weeks (finals, and packing, and moving, oh my!), but I just wanted to put out there that I will be working for a small CPA firm in Portage, MI this 2014 tax season, so I may be even quieter than usual. Once tax […]

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