Washington DC

capitol steps 2018This past summer I had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. with the Texas Christian University Master of Accounting program. I jumped at the chance to experience a unique learning atmosphere with many of my new classmates. 

Traveling to a different city provided an opportunity to get to know other MAc students in a setting outside of the classroom. Between a guided night monument tour and our group dinners, we explored our nation’s capital with our peers.  This enabled us to forge relationships before classes were set to begin in August. 

Accounting plays a large part in the government.  The trip to Washington D.C. enabled all of us in the MAc program to interact with professionals who shared their knowledge in their respected areas of this field.  The Washington Campus, a nonprofit, non-partisan, higher education consortium based in Washington D.C., brought in several speakers to explain how their various careers intertwine with different D.C. professional scenes as well as answer our many questions pertaining to the accounting profession.

By venturing out of the classroom, the MAc program was able to attend a PCAOB Standard Advisory Group meeting, meet with professionals at the SEC and spend an afternoon on Capitol Hill with staff members from Fort Worth’s own Congresswoman Kay Granger’s Office. The variety of speakers and learning excursions provided a non-traditional college experience, one I am glad I took advantage of. 

Before the trip to D.C., I did not envision the possibility of a job within the government.   After finishing up the four-day educational experience, I was intrigued and found myself looking into career paths of governmental auditors and accountants employed by the FBI.  Without enrolling in Accounting and Public Policy, I do not think I would have ever thought to look into the different opportunities. Although I will be starting my profession in public accounting, knowing these various types of jobs exist makes me even more excited to enter the professional accounting world.

My advice to future TCU MAc students is to sign up for the Accounting and Public Policy class for both a valuable educational and bonding experience. The summer Washington D.C. trip not only expanded my accounting knowledge, but also acclimated me to the TCU MAc curriculum and prepared me for classes in August. It was truly an experience I will always value from my time at TCU!

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Abby Hanley