This 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
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