When I transferred from The University of Texas at Tyler back in the Spring of 2017, I knew nobody on campus and was in a desperate search for professional direction. I knew I wanted to be an accountant, but I had never heard of common things, such as “ the Big 4,” Audit, and even the CPA. I think my parents started to notice that once I transferred and moved back home, I was fine as far as knowing the basic knowledge accounting. However, I thought that I stood no chance of getting an internship, let alone being successful in one. This was a rough place to be. I was doing my job as a student and learning all of the material, but it was simply not enough to get a job. I had the sudden realization that I was at a new campus with no professional direction and set out on a frantic search to find a school program that would help me.
In my search for these extracurriculars, I found various accounting and finance organizations that I could just sign up for and be a part of. To me, this seemed like a quick fix and I would be well on my way to a steady job. However, my parents and friends cautioned me that clubs you can just sign up for can be too good to be true. They urged me to join something that would be a challenge and push me to find my own direction. So I decided to continue my search for a more rigorous program. That is when I came across Alpha Kappa Psi. In my professional development class, AKPsi came to talk to us about the cool things we could learn in their pledge education program and it seemed like everything I wanted. So I went out to a few of the rush events and I really saw myself fit in with a lot of the people I can now call my brothers.
When I was inducted as a pledge in the Nu class I did not realize how much I would grow as a person. I credit my growth to two key people. First, my Vice President of Membership, who taught me all the business basics, such as how to dress, how to draft a professional email, and even how to engage in meaningful small talk so that you make a lasting impression in interviews. Secondly (and most importantly), I must credit the majority of my growth to my “Big” (mentor) Benjamin. He is also an accounting major and he helped get me caught up to speed about not only the inner workings of the chapter, but also the additional programs to get into at UTD so that I could further my career. Being paired up with an experienced student of UT Dallas allowed me to be a part of things I never would have known about as a new student to UTD.
Through working with Benjamin and the rest of AKPsi, I was able to come out as a refined business leader in one short semester. I was able to grow professionally and was prepared to go to various accounting recruiting events over the course of the next semester. As a result of these events, along with what I had learned in AKPsi, I landed a summer internship in audit at Cornwell Jackson and another internship this upcoming Spring.
Though I have only been at CJ for a short time, what I have learned in AKPsi has allowed me to excel as an intern. I knew how to schedule appointments with clients, how to dress professionally, and, most importantly, how to hold meaningful professional conversations. When I look back, it is not just the supplemental material AKPsi gave me that allowed me to succeed, it is the environment of people I am constantly surrounded by.
In all I am very happy and proud to have switched from UT Tyler to UT Dallas. In large part I credit AKPsi for all of the fun and great opportunities I have had while at UTD. Now as the President of AKPsi I hope that I can continue to foster an environment of development for future brothers so that they may become the best businessmen and businesswomen they can be.