Accounting Involves more than Tackling the Books

For today’s Tuesday with Tulsa post, we asked the TU School of Accounting & MIS to tell us what it is like to major in accounting. So, they went right to the source and asked a student…

Alan Dock, originally from Giddings Texas, has been an asset not only to the TU football team for the past five years but also inside the Collins College of Business. Dock has proven himself worthy on the field and in the classroom. Upon completing his degree in accounting, he applied for TU’s Master of Accountancy program to further expand his knowledge. After completing his Master of Accountancy degree, Dock plans to work for one of the largest four international accounting firms. Cathy Gates, Managing Partner of the Tulsa Office of Ernst & Young, shares her thoughts about Alan, “We are thrilled Alan accepted our offer to join Ernst & Young after graduation. He brings both excellent academic training and valuable skills such as time management, discipline, and teamwork.”

The following interview will give some insight about Dock’s experience about how he was able to tackle more than just the books.

What made you chose accounting as a major?

I chose accounting as a major because I took an accounting class in high school and I really liked it. I then learned that with an accounting degree I would have a great job that pays well. While at TU, the faculty members have invested themselves in me. They want me to succeed in class and in life.

What do tackling and accounting have in common?

What tackling and accounting have in common is they both require practice, attention to detail, and confidence. When tackling, if you have not practiced it enough you will not be able to tackle your opponent. The art of tackling involves many different parts that must be put together to work properly. It is important to be confident in your own ability; if you do not believe in yourself then you will not be successful in tackling or accounting.

Do you have a chance to interact with professionals?

I have had many opportunities to communicate with potential employers through university-sponsored events, especially through Beta Alpha Psi. I made an effort to be a member and officer in BAP which opened doors for me. Even though playing sports required me to miss some of the events, there were still plenty of opportunities.

Do you think there are ample job opportunities available?

Absolutely, when I decided to look for a job I saw many positions open, and companies that I didn’t even apply with. At the same time when I was looking for a job, my friends without accounting degrees were uncertain about the availability of jobs in their area, but I was not.

What would you say to someone thinking about declaring accounting as a major?

Accounting is a great degree. There is a lot to learn from the accounting major, which will lead to a great degree. With that degree great job opportunities will present themselves, giving you a great future.

Summer

What a summer it has been back in Houston. The heat has been unbearable at times, but overall it has been a jam packed fun filled summer back home. Although summer is normally every students favorite time of the year, this first summer back after my freshmen year has not been what I expected. After three days home, I already missed my Tulsa family and the routine I had established. I went back to my old job as a server that I had during high school, and started a second job in retail at LOFT. Both are great jobs, but I longed to be back in an office setting. I think the business school is in my blood now, because everywhere I went this summer I made sure to network.
I loved being home with my mom, brother, dog, and best friends, but the relationships I created at TU I know will be life long and if this summer is a taste of what post graduation will feel like, I definitely want to stay at TU for life…kidding…but seriously :) One thing I enjoyed was hanging out and seeing my friends from TU back here in Houston. Many Energy management students have jobs here in Houston and were fun to hang out with on weekends. The University really promotes all students regardless of age to create relationships, which is why as a sophomore, I was able to meet up with graduates and seniors for dinners or just to watch tv.
This fall is going to be jam packed full of grand events, and I am most looking forward to TAILGATING for the FOOTBALL SEASON 2011!!!!! Don’t miss out on a game, if you are ever in Tulsa make sure to see if it is on a date we have a football game, you will not regret taking the time to watch one and to get a sincere feel of the community that we have at the University. Also I would not be shocked at all if some of our Golden Hurricane players ended up in the draft, we’ve got talent for sure! Can’t wait to keep everyone updated on what is to come and what is new at the University this year.

Football!

Finally, it’s football season. It’s been far too long, and I’m pretty excited. The weather, the atmosphere, the excitement, the game – I love it. What I don’t love is getting beat by OSU. What I ESPECIALLY don’t like is paying $50 for a ticket, driving to Stillwater, and spending all day tailgating in the blazing heat only to see my team play badly and get heckled by a bunch of people wearing bright orange…

That’s all over, though. This weekend we host the U. of Central Arkansas, and I expect the Golden Hurricane to bounce back. If we don’t beat them, I may just quit coming to the games. No offense to you if you’re secretly a UCA fan, but it would be pitiful if we lose to them. Unfortunately, I won’t be here to see it (or fortunately if we manage to lose). I’ll be in Fayetteville, Arkansas watching my other team, the #10 Razorbacks play #1 Alabama. Win or lose, it’ll be a lot of fun and I’ll get to see all my old friends, but then I’ll be heading back after the game for our first fraternity function – “White Trash Bash.” Essentially, we all dress up like Dawg the Bounty Hunter and Larry the Cable Guy and invite all the sorority girls over to dance, play games, etc. We haven’t mowed the yard for a while (I’m sure there will be a couple of cars parked in it come Saturday), and I saw the Nascar flag that will be hung from the pole in front. Should be a classy event…

Speaking of classy, I got to go up to the OneOK Club Level of the football stadium yesterday for a Presidential Scholars dinner, complete with President Steadman Upham – the tallest university president in the nation (reason enough to come to TU, no?) Very fancy up there, and a great view, too. Not to mention TU’s awesome catering. If you get the chance to visit here during any program where they have a dinner, come! The food alone is worth the trip.

My accounting homework is calling my name, so I should go. Actually, nevermind. I left my book at someone’s apartment, so I’ll procrastinate a bit longer.

Tomorrow I find out how I did on my Microeconomics exam from last Thursday. I’m a little nervous, but pretty confidant, too. It was tough, but think I knew most of the material. Since I know you’re just on pins and needles waiting to hear how I did, I’ll include it in my next post.

Really though, I need to do my Accounting, so I’m gonna get off. Make sure and read my next post here soon. In the meantime, don’t fret too much about my Micro grade. I understand that it’s stressful not knowing, but you’re better off learning to cope with it before college starts, anyway. Until next time,

¡Adios, amigos!