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First Semester Growth and Confidence

Written by: Payton Coats

Hey everyone! This semester is quickly coming to an end and final exams and projects are in full force. This week, many of us are studying for our ACC 519, Financial Management, second midterm. Next week we have our ACC 530, Advanced Income Tax exam with elective exams in the mix as well. Aside from exams, final projects are also being worked on. Many of us have our ACC 540, IT Risk & Controls, presentation slides due as well as ACC 533, Accounting & Tax Research, projects due. As you can tell, there is a lot going on as an NC State MAC student right now. It can be very overwhelming at times, but the encouragement is the finish line not so far in the distance.

Realizing that my first semester in this program is almost over is honestly hard for me to fathom. Many past students prepare you for the workload of graduate school and the program, but what they do not prepare you for is how fast the time flies. It really does feel like just two weeks ago I was walking into my first class as a timid, uneasy student, but have grown and learned so much within the past two and half months. And you know what they say, time flies when you’re having fun. 

Reflecting on my first semester, I notice my growth; growth being with knowledge and confidence. Everyone expects to come into the MAC program and learn a lot; I am not surprised about that aspect of growth, but what I am surprised about is the confidence I have gained along the way. While this program is not easy and you will feel knocked down at times, you will recover from everything you absorb through the process. I have grown in confidence because I realize that what I am gaining through knowledge as well as experience will make me a desired and successful businesswoman. This aspect of confidence is new to me and is something this program has brought to light. 

While this past semester has been tough and tiring, it is all worth it for the experience. Meeting new friends, connecting with old friends, the abundance of learning, and the extensive exposure make it all worthwhile. I can’t wait to see what next semester holds and the growth to be made along the way. 

Payton Coats 

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