Lauren Foster, Mergers and Acquisitions Accounting
During my time in high school I enjoyed so many different things, from science and math to the fine arts. By the time I was a junior, I had decided I would persue a career in Nursing as that touched on the area of science, which I was very drawn to. Prior to making that decision, I considered careers in engineering and music as well - but never accounting. This was ironic as my father was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and had spent his career in Public Accounting working for a big firm. He did not attempt to lead me in any specific direction toward a carreer in business as his wish for me was to find something I loved to do.
Once I got to college, I found there were many other things that interested me besides nursing, including art history, criminal justice and sociology...so many, I often felt I couldn't pick just one. By my softmore year, I had decided nursing wasn't the right path for me and began to take introductory classes in many different areas to get a feel for what I might want to do. Once I took my first accounting class, something just clicked. I started to get information on all the different types of careers available to accountants and CPAs and saw that a world of possibilties would be opened to me. It was shortly thereafter that I selected accounting as my major and graduated with an offer to a Big 4 firm. While I went from school into public accounting, there were tons of options besides that.
Today I am working in Government Accounting, and would never have guessed (in a million years!) when I was in high school that I would be doing something like this. I am so glad I explored the opportunities that being a CPA presented and often wish I had gotten more involved in accounting back then. It would have probably been a shorter road in my education, but I do not regret it for a minute. Being a CPA is highly reputable and I have so many choices on what to do next. Sure, once in a while I reflect back and think about going into music...but I love what I do now!