What I Wish I Knew Before I Started College

Darcy Stewart graduated from North Lake College in Irving with an associate’s degree in December 2012. She majored in business. She then pursued a bachelor’s degree at the University of North Texas in the Spring of 2013. She is majoring in Accounting. She will be graduating in Spring 2015. She will then continue to pursue her Masters in Accounting with a concentration with either audit or managerial accounting.

Darcy has been interested in Accounting since back in high school when she took a basic accounting class. At that time, she knew she was going to major in business. She competed in UIL Accounting in 2010 and 2011. She also participated in Business Professionals of America of the Financial Analyst Team. They got sixth place at the state competition.

Through college, Darcy has done many projects for her various classes. Throughout the years she kept her work. She wrote a proposal and volunteer manual for the non-profit organization American Dog Rescue. She is currently working on writing a business plan and marketing plan for her start-up business. She is starting a business consulting firm.

Darcy is currently working two jobs. She works as a part-time sales floor associate at Walmart. For her second job, she works for entrepreneur at Genesis Janitorial Services as an Executive Assistant where she’s getting hands on experience with her accounting background.

I graduated high school back in 2011 and started going to college in June of 2011. I went to a community college in Irving called North Lake College. At that age, I didn’t believe anything my parents said or anyone else. Most college students directly from high school are very cocky, and I was one of them. I should have listened to the wise. Elders gave advice do not join a sorority/fraternity or party your first year of college. However, what elders fail to get me to understand was that sorority/fraternity, partying, and hanging out with friends all the time would make you suffer in the long run.

My first year of college I worked for Marshalls with a hectic work schedule and went to school full-time taking 15 hours a semester. I had no time to study. I was tired all the time, because I rarely slept. Often times I would get off a school and go straight to work where I wouldn’t get off until the next morning. I was stressed all the time. I was depressed. I fell into a deep hole. I started getting drunk all the time, and my grades declined. I was a straight A student in high school, but my first semester of college I got C’s and nearly failed my classes. I should have learned my lesson then, but I didn’t. Later on in my college career, I made different mistakes that cost me big later down the line.

My last year at community college I was dating someone from work which was a bad idea in many ways. Things were going well for me, until I started going to University of North Texas. My boyfriend at the time was so far behind me, and I eventually dumped him. After my first semester there I started getting cocky again thinking I could do whatever I wanted. So I indulged in the dating game, drinking, and going out and coming home late. My grades again significantly dropped because I wasn’t getting enough sleep, wasn’t paying attention in class, and I was staying up late drinking at the bar every night, hanging out with friends.

Last semester, I started working two jobs. I was still drinking every night at the bar until 2 in the morning. I’m now in my last semester in college and I have learned don’t go drinking every night and staying out until 2 in the morning, get enough sleep, pay attention in class. So now I’m working two jobs and going to school full-time all while maintaining an A average for the semester. I started practicing yoga to manage the stress. Every college student have some kind of meditation technique.

I learned the hard way what bad habits do to you while you’re in school. I’m paying the consequences now. I have a lower GPA than my peers. I’m competing in a tough job market and thought my 3.0 GPA would get me a job anywhere in the Accounting field. However, I was wrong. I have been looking for about six months. Remember you always want to be the best you can be otherwise, someone else will get the position.

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