Where Have I Been?! | Life Update

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Hey! I’ve missed you all! I saw from my analytics that this past summer was a good time for the blog, even if I wasn’t around. I was pumping out some great content multiple times a week and then…poof! I was gone. Well I promise you I have a legit excuse as to why I vanished from the blogosphere.

Where have I been? If you haven’t guessed from the photo, I decided to re-enroll into university for a second bachelors degree in Accounting. If you didn’t know, I graduated with a bachelors degree in Communications back in December 2013. While I’ve come across a few job prospects, it was nothing how I expected. The pay was painfully low and the image in my head following that career wasn’t what I wanted in life now that I’m older.

I’ve always wanted an accounting degree, it was actually my intended major the first time around. Unfortunately I was going through a lot in life during those college years and did horrible in my intro accounting classes. HORRIBLE! Over the last year or so I’ve gotten really into finance and money management and with the start of my business earlier this year–accounting. 

At the beginning of summer, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do with my life. Should I stick it out with the communications degree and start trying to network in that field? Or maybe start working in a field that doesn’t even require a degree, but would provide steady work and oppurtunities? I had a hard time making a decision. Around late June, I had narrowed it down to two options that I could see myself pursuing. One was a 2 year medical certificate and the other was a Bachelors of Accounting.

Both would take me two years to complete, but one I saw myself fitting into a little better. I wagered that I would retake my intro accounting courses during an accelerated summer term and if I received an A, I would go on to complete a second bachelors.

Well, as you can tell, I passed the course with an A and now I’m 3 weeks into my first semester as a full-time student since 2013.

It feels very different this second time around. I’m way more mature, and I know what I need to do and why I’m doing it. I have no boy or friend drama. I’m no longer a poor college student, working part time to try to pay rent. I also won’t owe Sallie Mae any funds because I’m paying out of pocket. I’m really pushing myself to make the most out of my second time around. Studying hard (and actually reading the textbooks when necessary even though it takes me longer than most to finish a 30 page chapter,) getting involved in my university and community and most importantly networking!!

This first semester as an accounting student, doesn’t have much accounting actually. I want to prepare for the CPA exam upon graduating, so I have about 6 or 7 businesses classes I have to knock out in addition to my accounting courses. I’m currently taking an upper level marketing, management, business statistics and a career success course, along with one accounting course that I begin later this month.

I’m very excited for the changes that are happening and that will happen over the next few years and I’m glad I have my blog to capture it all.

Melissa P.

  • I wish college could be more like this the first time around. I personally feel like I didn’t make the most of my college years because I had yet to experience what it means to work and have a life outside of school. It’s very admirable of you to realize that you’re not satisfied with your career and make the decision to earn a second degree. And paying for it out of pocket is awesome too. Major props to you.

    • Thank you! It’s definitely a major change, but I’m trying to make the most out of this whole experience. It’s never too late to make changes that will better you in the future, and I figured I rather do it now while I’m only 25 and childless lol.