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Joshua Peters


You don't really need math to be very good at accounting. I personally like math, but I'm starting to realize accounting is more than just providing numbers to decision makers.

Accounting is not about numbers.  As you will learn when you get into college, if you're planning on pursuing an accounting career, you'll see that most accountants are engaging in decision making, not necessarily looking at numbers the entire time. 

It is actually a very interesting profession. It provides people with the opportunity to do a lot of things that most people don't even realize that accountants actually do, like if you wait 'til the end of the movie and you actually watch the credits, you actually see there are major production accountants that are actually heavily involved in the productions in the entertainment industry. Accountants are everywhere.  

I’ll admit, I didn’t take any accounting courses in high school.  My first experience with accounting was when I actually enrolled in college and I got a chance to meet the professors, sign up for classes and actually started the studying process of learning accounting.

In addition to school, I’m also currently doing an internship. And through my classes and my internship I’m learning that accounting definitely provides a great deal of avenues for you to enter the job market at any point in your academic years and even after you graduate you'll have the opportunity to engage employers, and employers will also be looking for you as well.

For me, going into the accounting profession isn’t about the money.  It's more about something I want to do.  So to me, the amount of money I’ll be making is irrelevant (but it’ll be nice). 

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Education:

School:

North Carolina State University

Year:

Senior

Major:

Accounting

Favorites:

Favorite Sport:

Soccer and tennis

My Favorite Movies Are:

The Kingdom of Heaven by Ridley Scott, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Favorite Actor/Actress:

Jim Carry, Jonny Depp, and Jennifer Aniston

Favorite Class/Teacher in High School:

My favorite subject in high school was philosophy.

More About Me:

If I Won a Million Dollars I Would…:

First calculate what the after-tax amount on the million dollars would be. Then, plan to allocate the remaining amount to charities, savings, and investments.

My Dream Vacation Would Be…:

In Brazil on the beach of Rio de Janeiro.

Best Advice I Ever Received:

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

Famous Person I Would Love to Meet (Living or Dead) and Why:

I would have love the opportunity to meet Francois-Marie Arouet, also known as Voltaire. The reason for my admiration and interest in Voltaire is due to his understanding of so many prevalent topics such as writing, art, philosophy, politics, and economics. He was also one of the key figures in helping to lead the reformation of European mentality during the Age of Enlightenment in the late 1600s and early 1700s. To me, Voltaire is a testament to how one person can make a difference in their society, and by extension the world.