Student Spotlight

Marta Villasenor, MAcc, Fall '17 

Marta Villasenor MAcc, Fall '17

Marta Villasenor will graduate in Fall 2017 with a MAcc degree. She is currently working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Accounting while preparing to sit for her CPA exam.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school? 

The program will help me reach the accounting specific units required for the CPA exam. I also wanted the extra help in preparation for the CPA exams. 

What was the preparation and application process like? 

The application process was simple. I attended the MAcc information session that the department offers, which helped answer any questions that I had. The online application was easy to understand and quick to complete.

What has been the most challenging part of your experience? The most rewarding? 

The most challenging part of the program is the level of work required for each course. I definitely felt a difference between my undergraduate courses and my graduate courses. The pace and expectations increase. However, I finished my first semester with a 4.0, so meeting that new expectation level has also been the most rewarding aspect for me.

What do you hope to do after you complete the program?

Once I graduate, I will be moving to San Diego to work for EY as an Auditor. I also hope to complete all four sections of the CPA exam before I start working. 

What advice do you have for students looking to pursue the same advanced degree?

I would encourage students to pursue an advanced degree after they complete an undergraduate program. I think the challenging work load will further help to bridge the gap between the academic world and the working world. I would advise students to take advantage of the opportunity to connect more with the faculty and build lasting relationships/connections. Stay organized, focused, and determined!