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Cameron Dougherty


Cameron Dougherty

You are the author of your own life story.

Like many college freshmen, I had trouble determining what to study. While trying to figure out a career path to pursue, I looked to personality tests for guidance. According to the Myers-Briggs test, I am an ISTJ (introversion, sensing, thinking, judgment). This discovery allowed me to assess my personality and matched my characteristics and personality traits with different professions that could work for me. As a result, I was able to use this knowledge to steer my way to accounting.

I absolutely love to be involved in activities on campus and through off-campus organizations, such as the New Jersey Society of CPAs. One of the quickest ways to figure out if your chosen major is the best fit for you is simply to get involved. My experiences developing relationships through the Society, along with various academic organizations, have helped to reinforce my decision to pursue a career in accounting. During my first year, I found that it is incredibly difficult to adjust from high school to college. However through hard work and some trial and error, I gained an abundance of knowledge regarding how to become a successful first-year student. Since a good start in college is so important, here are a few things that helped keep me on track:

Pointers for a Smooth Transition

  • Creating New Study Habits: Essential for college, determine best methods of studying (location, alone vs. group studying, etc.). Create a plan for individual courses.    
  • Get Involved: Join academic clubs/organizations, develop relationships with classmates and professors, visit the career service programs offered on campus. 
  • Time Management/Prioritizing: Complete assignments early, don’t procrastinate. Use breaks between classes to your advantage which creates leisure time in the long run. Be motivated to do well.

College requires a lot more attention and work outside of the classroom than high school. I look at each semester and course as a personal challenge to perform at my best. Last school year has really allowed me to grow individually as well as academically. Through all of my research and dedication, I feel that accounting is an excellent opportunity to write my own story. And once you devise a plan for the future, there is no better author than you.

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Education:

School:

Susquehanna University

Year:

Freshman

Favorites:

Favorite Sport:

Ice hockey. I have played hockey since age six and continue to play today for Susquehanna University. I'm absolutely in love with the game, and it is hard to imagine my life without it.

Favorite Movie:

Catch Me If You Can

Favorite Actor/Actress:

Tom Hanks. In addition to his work in front of the camera, I also respect Tom for his support of environmental initiatives.

Favorite Car:

Porsche automobiles. One day I hope to fulfill my childhood dream of owning one of these vehicles, which in my opinion, are the nicest cars on the road.

More About Me:

If I Won a Million Dollars I Would...:

First, cover the rest of my college expenses. Then, use half to help my parents retire. Finally, I would invest the remainder of the money.

Favorite class/teacher in high school:

AP Calculus, Mrs. Davis, Eastern Regional High School, located in Voorhees, NJ