Last night, I saw this on my professor’s wall. I got curious because whenever he says “one of my best students”. S/he is indeed the best! So I hurriedly PM-ed my former professor’s student and asked his permission so that I’ll be able to post his words of encouragement in our blog. I want you guys to somehow feel what I felt. :)
Hi, classmates! So sir asked me to say a little bit of something that would hopefully encourage you to study harder given that we only have a few weeks left before finals. As much as I do not want to sound cliche, which, apparently, I think I would later on (LOL), I just hope that this post can shed some light on some of the difficulties you may be facing with the subject right now, and/or give you that extra push to do better in the remaining exams hehe. So here it goes:
I would probably start off by saying, do NOT compete with and compare yourself to others. We are all different in the way we study and how fast we pick up the lessons. Regardless, study because you want to learn, not because of the grades. I am not saying that getting an uno should not be your utmost priority. By all means, let it be, but not solely. Don’t get me wrong but all i am meaning to say is focusing too much on getting a high grade tends to blur your learning process. You get blinded by your overly desire to ace the tests that you fail to realize why you want this course so badly in the first place. Don’t you notice, when you’re too GC, a single mistake in an exam depresses you? Or when your seatmate gets a higher mark than you do, you feel like jumping off a cliff? An overdose of GC-ness and too much competition is unhealthy. It inhibits your learning. Not to mention that it is mentally and emotionally devastating. Let go of some. Learn because you want to learn. Learn because you believe that accountancy is interesting. Learn because you see yourself as one of the best CPAs of our country in the near future. Learn the right way and notice how the high grades automatically follow.
I firmly believe that being part of an Accountancy curriculum is NOT a question of whether or not you are capable and knowledgeable enough to understand the lessons. We all are. And besides, we all have the same 24 hours per day, so insufficient time is not really an excuse. I think the more appropriate question to ask is this: how much do you really want to be an accountant. How worthy are you to take hold of such title? I strongly believe that merely wanting to become a CPA for the sake of the license and to finally append those well-sought three letters at the end of our names are not strong enough to keep an accountancy student survive the next years of this rigorous curriculum.
Accountancy is not just a profession. Accountancy is a lifestyle. It is an investment, and there is no better time to start investing on it than today. FinAcc will be the foundation of our higher accounting subjects.
Getting a good grasp of the lessons today translates to a more effective and efficient learning in our harder subjects later on. So, yes, we have a few days left so start working on proper time management and discipline. Konting push na lang iyan, guys. Ipasa natin ito lahat nang sabay-sabay!!!
Can somebody give me a panda hug? >:D<
It has been a long-tiring-stressful-4 months for us. And finally, the day that we’ve been waiting for has ended. Everything was worth it. Our sacrifices of not sleeping and eating right on time, holding back frustrations and disappointments. EVERYTHING. I am very proud of you, girls. Who would have thought that we’re going to be the ones who’s working on this stressful subject. From the bato-batopik session to practicing our lines for the presentation. Ugh! Definitely one of the highlights of my college days. :)
“As you become an expert in “the debits and credits,” don’t neglect to develop your leadership and relational skills. Many of the biggest challenges that you will face in your career will not be accounting questions. Rather, they will be people-related issues.” ~Toby Joplin, CPA; Controller for R.L. Hudson & Co. in Broken Arrow
In the real world of business, you’ll encounter not just the cases you’ve solved during your college years. What you have passed in the exams are just a little part of the actual profession. The problems you have computed and solved are just 1% of the actual business concerns, that validating it is too tedious than a two-day academic examination. Your professor’s tons of advice may be applicable to just one issue. The stress you’ve experienced for four years to five may be just the stress you’ll feel for a day.
How to overcome these? Well, honestly, that’s the nature of it — it is toxic. What you can do is adjust and embrace the nature of being in business and consider the importance of communication, in order to minimize your stressful job.
One importance of practicing your profession is being open-minded to all your colleagues. Even the competitor may help you gain your knowledge. Doing business may be a financial competition among industries, but professional growth among the people doing the business is not. It is individually measured.
Today, employers are getting too wise in choosing their people. They don’t just look for your expertise with the profession, but your ability to communicate to people. What you’ll encounter most are people and their thoughts that differs from each other. The world of business is too wide when it comes to people’s ways of thinking. There may be standards, but the people complying with those still add issues as the need arises. What will help you best on weighing the words and numbers are two things — your integrity and self-trust.
Aside from your efficiency at work, you’ll get more effective if you develop your inter-personal and relationship skills. Don’t just be the walking calculator with little batteries, be the speaking calculator powered by absorption of both solar energy and energy from the batteries.
Charge yourselves, accountants!