Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Department

Accountancy

First Advisor

Victoria Dickinson

Relational Format

Dissertation/Thesis

Abstract

Throughout the course of my junior year at the University of Mississippi, I was given the amazing opportunity to work with Dr. Victoria Dickinson and complete my thesis as an accounting major. Each week, we were given a case assignment to work on with a different topic to cover. From potential future living arrangements to researching a financial crisis, our range never settled for anything lower than the high expectations given as an honors student. All of this was used to prepare us for the dedication we needed to put in for our most important assignment. In the last semester with Dr. Dickinson, we were given the ultimate case study. The case study was to work as a group with four other classmates and learn as much as we possibly could in a public company. Through weeks of research and collecting financial data, our group went into depth on General Motors. During the last few class periods we had left together, our group presented our findings to varying accounting firms. This class has taught me more than I could have ever imagined had I chosen to take a different approach to my thesis. I learned how to sort through 10-K reports, work well in a group environment, and make connections that I never would have been able to have I not been able to take this course. This series of case studies have been more than just weekly assignments. They have shifted my perception of what it means to be an accountant, and they have given me opportunities to further my education in the field I am interested in. With hard work and continuous hours of analyzing the numerous topics assigned, I have evolved my knowledge to the best of my ability and will use these learning experiences to further my interest in accountancy. This thesis is the product of a year’s long work, and each topic was a push out of my comfort zone. Had it not been for this course, I can easily say I would not be as driven as I am now. I am extremely grateful for the chance to work with not only an amazing professor but also be impelled to become better by my classmates.

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