You can tell how sly a school is when they ask their students to purchase the latest edition of the textbook.
#1: They cost more |#2: You can’t borrow/buy from a student who previously took the course
Most of the textbooks have minor changes. Example?
2012 Edition: There were 12 apples. James had 3. How many are leftover?
2013 Edition: There were 10 apples. James had 5. How many are leftover?
^^ You get the picture.
My advice: Rent the books because it will be a lot cheaper generally speaking. Or, you should purchase it from Amazon and then IMMEDIATELY sell it back once you’re done using it. I use the word immediately because you get more money “trading it in” sooner than later. You won’t get the full amount back but hey, you still get an Amazon gift card which you can use to purchase your books for next semester. Nice cycle. Remember to also sign up for Amazon Prime if you haven’t done so! You have ONE ENTIRE YEAR OF FREE 2-DAY SHIPPING FOR FREE!
Some professors can be nice about it and say to purchase the previous year’s edition because they understand a student’s pain when paying for books. Those are the most caring professors. I understand that it’s necessary to have the latest editions because many things change such as a tax book. Taxes change every year so a new book every year is something I understand. But for most subjects, I don’t see it.
DON’T EVER BUY FROM THE BOOKSTORE UNLESS THAT IS THE ULTIMATE LAST RESORT. That is the way the school makes a profit from ordering the latest editions. They won’t get a profit by selling old editions at all. It’s a trick that people realize after their freshmen year. Believe me, I was sucked into it as well.
Don’t take it personally if you didn’t mesh will with a recruiter OR if you didn’t bond as fast as you wanted to. There will be others out there who can say one word and then immediately become the favorite student. Remember, recruiters are humans. People don’t get along with everybody. Hey, you don’t even get along with everybody. I don’t get along with everybody. That’s life. Deal with it. If you know you don’t have that connection with a certain recruiter, then don’t fight it. I’M NOT SAYING TO GIVE UP AND NOT EVEN TRY TO GET AN INTERVIEW/INTERNSHIP FROM HIM/HER, but don’t try to get all buddy buddy. The recruiter will see right through you and that plan can actually backfire. You don’t want to be one of those “over-bearing” students that annoys the heck out of them. Open your eyes! After a few talks with the recruiter, are you friends or is she/he treating you like any other student? Just don’t push it.
As a senior, this is an obligatory post about my personal tips for freshmen 🙂
55 hours per week…minimum.
I just found out that PwC only has FULL-TIME winter internship (January-May). They ask for 55 hours per week…minimum. How can I go to school haha? It would have been great to intern at a Big 4 during that period and then go on to my mid-sized firm in the summer so I could compare the two companies. I also just found out that KPMG runs the same way. I guess now I need to figure out if I should go and try to interview with these Big 4 companies to try to get a summer internship and see what happens from there.
I’d totally choose to finish my last semester of college though. I didn’t sign up for student loans for nothing and my parents didn’t pay my university tens of thousands of dollars for no degree in the end. It’s kind of aggravating that I won’t have the opportunity to compare a Big 4 and a mid-sized, but I’m not complaining. Others out there are still looking for that internship while I already have one locked down.
If you’re still looking for an internship and you’re a junior (or sometime sophomores, depending on your location/school), you MUST look into the summer leadership programs. If you’re a freshmen, don’t worry about all of this. FOCUS ON YOUR GPA. I’m not even kidding. I’m still working so hard to try to bring up my GPA. I’ll definitely have a post on some tips for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors (only applicable to accounting majors though. sorry!).
My professor likes to use different celebrities as examples for tax class and of course, Justin Bieber was mentioned a bunch of times.
…Miley Cyrus and her “twerking” was brought up as well, but I’ll just leave it to that.
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”
– William Edward Hickson
Is accounting is easy for me? False.
I STILL sometimes struggle in the subject but hey, I’m still here right? Don’t let challenges stop you from what you want to do. Simple as that.