(Ac)counting Down the Days to Graduation

Each major has it’s own unique challenges and obstacles to overcome before graduation. Sometimes, it may seem like the studying and long hours in the library will never end. Though a bad grade every now and then may feel like a major set back, new students should never be defeated. Hard work will certainly pay off eventually.

Meet Lawson Drew, a senior accounting major approaching her last year at Auburn University. Drew’s senior year has been a whirlwind of tests and applying for internships, all the while trying to spend as much time with her fellow seniors as she can. The past three years have been full of fun moments but also riddled with many late nights studying for financial accounting, tax law and other intense classes. Junior year, Drew claims, was certainly her busiest and most intense period at Auburn (below: Lawson Drew, senior, majoring in accounting).

“I remember my first test that year. I started studying three days before the test, which was extremely far in advance for me. When I got to the test, I sadly found out it still wasn’t enough.”

Drew realized quickly she would be pushed to her limits. Often times she would start studying for tests weeks in advance.

“I remember being discouraged one night when all my friends decided to go watch a movie. I just had to tell myself I knew I really wanted this and the hard work would eventually benefit me in the end.”

Finally, all of those late nights did pay off. Drew began interviewing for accounting firms for potential interview opportunities in the spring of her junior year. These interviews included opportunities with the top four accounting firms in the country. That next August, Drew received an offer from PWC, one of the “Big Four” accounting firms in the country.

“I remember getting the call and it was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. All that hard work was finally beginning to pay off. I can’t deny I felt a sense of pride- but it was still mostly relief.”

Drew now looks to her last semester, during which she will be interning in Atlanta, with excitement. In this new chapter she is beginning to see the fruits of her labor. These past few years have certainly taught her the meaning of hard work. So for those underclassman feeling overwhelmed, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

“I know it may seem impossible in the moment, but I promise you will get through it. I by no means made straight A’s, but hard work if definitely worth it. If you’re doing what you love, that’s all that matters. Graduation used to be a scary thought for me, but now I’m more than ready and excited- and you will be too!”

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