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As a student of both The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and The Patterson School of Accountancy, I have the opportunity to pursue an alternative thesis, comprised of a study of technical accounting through case studies. I compiled this research of accounting theories, principles, and data analytics systems over the course of two semesters, while simultaneously seizing bi-weekly opportunities to network with professional firms and interview for accounting internships. The opportunity to pursue an alternative thesis not only impacted my academic growth, but also my professional success. With the help of Doctor Victoria Dickinson, I was able to put the principles I had learned in the classroom to practice, gaining an understanding of the laws and theories governing specific transactions, and how small variations can have a magnified effect on financial statements. Dr. Dickinson also scheduled all of the Big 4 accounting firms, along with regional and local firms, to speak in class about 6 times a semester. These interactions helped me to gain additional exposure to the firms, and increased my chances of securing an internship with the firm and city of my choice. I have recently returned from a Big 4 internship in Nashville, Tennessee, where I have already accepted a full-time job offer upon completion of my Master’s degree and CPA. The following review of accounting through case studies is certainly a reflection of this growth and success over the course of my time at the University and as a student of the SMBHC.
Duncan, Ellen, "A Comprehensive Review of Accounting through Case Studies" (2019). Honors Theses. 1027.