Accounting & Economics Double Major Pays Off: Victoria Garrett ’13
Victoria Garrett, ’13, currently enrolled in the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc) program at Clemson University, already knows where she’ll be working next year. In the fall of 2014, she will become a Tax Associate at Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, in Greenville, SC.
Garrett holds both a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Converse. “Early on in my freshmen year I realized I wanted to double major. I explained it to my parents as: I’m here for four years regardless of if I do one major or two, so why not really get my money’s worth and get two?”
“The business program taught me how to be a professional early on and manage my time appropriately, so that I’m one step ahead…”
Garrett found that study at Converse had laid a strong foundation for her graduate work in accounting. “My accounting major helped me prepare a great deal because some of the classes I took at Converse are covered in graduate school. So while many students are learning new things, I’ve heard some of it before and it really gives me an advantage. My economics major also helped me with grad school and job hunting because it really taught me how to weigh my options properly by evaluating the real cost and benefits of my decisions and actions. Overall, the business program taught me how to be a professional early on and manage my time appropriately, so that I’m one step ahead of many other students in many cases.”
Garrett also completed an internship at Dixon Hughes during her time at Converse. “The internship benefited me a great deal because it gave me the real world experience that the classroom is often unable to give. It helped me understand what a day in the life of my future job will actually be like, so I was able to really grasp if that’s what I want to do for a living. Also, of course, it ultimately led to a job offer.”