I realized I haven’t blogged in a while and its because I have been working a lot of overtime. I have learned so much in the short time that I’ve been here, its unbelieveable. I just recently took a section of my CPA exam and I have the other three scheduled for the next couple of months. It has slowed down quite a bit at work, so I have found more time to study. I’m not sure which one I would rather do, work or study. I can’t believe I have already been here for 6 months. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was moving my things into my apartment. My boyfriend and friends come down to visit quite often. I also go home at least once a month. I like being only 2 hours away from home. It is a much easier transition because I know my friends and family are only a small road trip away. I will be blogging more frequently now that busy season is winding down and the weather is (hopefully) becoming much nicer.
I hope you all enjoyed your holiday as much as I did. I was able to take 2 weeks off of work and come home to spend time with my family. I loved every second of it. I was working so much in the weeks leading up to Christmas, I ended up being one of those last-minute shoppers on Christmas Eve. The crowds were just as insane as you would imagine them to be.
This Monday was definitely tough going back to work after having such a long holiday break. I’m so jealous of all the college students that still have time off until February. Enjoy it while you can! I have gotten back into my usual routine and I did miss my apartment a lot when I was staying back at home. It made me realize how different I have become since I started living alone. It was like a step back in time to go back to living with my mom, but I loved spending time with her. I ended up spending a lot of my break studying for my impending CPA exam. I will be taking it on January 23rd, so wish me luck!
I haven’t been able to blog much lately because I have been working so much. I just started my engagement at work and its been so hectic. It’s now “busy season” for our audit group which means that we are working 55-60 hours a week. It’s definitely been an adjustment to get used to working so much but I love what I do. The hours fly by and before I know it, its time to go home. But I’ve learned so much already. It’s crazy how it’s almost Christmas! I’ve been here for about 2 and a half months and I’m loving every second of it. My dog has come down to visit on the weekends and we just discovered a dog park a couple blocks away. It separates the big dogs from the little dogs which makes it much more fun for Teddy. He loves running around and playing with all of the other little dogs. He’s only 7 pounds so its nice to be around dogs his size.
I’ve been a frequent flyer at Trader Joe’s and this past weekend I made pumpkin cornbread. It came out as amazing as it sounds. I’m so excited to go home this weekend and see all of my family. I can’t wait to help my Nonny prepare dinner (and be the official taste tester). I am certainly going to bring home some stretchy pants this weekend!
Enjoy your holiday!
I love living in Philly. I never understood why everyone was so obsessed with living here, but now I understand. The food, the people, the places and the shopping (most importantly!). This past weekend I went shopping near City Hall, Walnut Street, and Chestnut Street. They are opening a Michael Kors and Nordstrom Rack store close to my apartment. I can’t decide if that is a blessing or a curse.I have gotten into my “groove” as I mentioned in the title, and I love my job so far. I have completed a lot of training and “onboarding” tasks, as my firm likes to call it. I have met with several of my colleagues who have become my coaches and mentors. They are great and their doors are always open if I need anything or have any questions. I love the atmosphere and culture of my firm. I have managed to find time to study, but I realize that it is much more difficult to do with a full-time job. I wanted to include some pictures about some of my travels here in Philly. Enjoy!
Of course I had to post this!
So I’ve been living in Philly for about three weeks now and I see why everyone loves it here. There are so many restaurants and attractions. It is quite an adjustment from living in Moscow, which is a really small town close to Scranton, but I’m getting used to it. I live really close to work, so my morning commute is less than 5 minutes : ) I finally got my apartment set up and I never realized how much you sit on a couch until you don’t have one. I’m really loving my job so far. I completed two weeks of training and I’m studying for the CPA.
I have gone to eat at some really great places down here such as Twenty Manning, Village Whiskey, and Butcher Singer. I’ve also discovered that Philly is extremely dog friendly, which is perfect because I have a three year old pomeranian that I am absolutely obsessed with. This is Teddy.
I would like to introduce myself to everyone before I start blogging. I went to the University of Scranton for my undergrad in accounting and MBA with a concentration in accounting. I was a local commuter student and enjoyed every moment I spent on campus. Commuting can be difficult because you don’t get to know as many people right away, however, Scranton made it very easy to integrate into life on campus. I made friends pretty quickly and got very involved in clubs and different activities offered on campus. One of my favorites was Pet Therapy day. I am in love with dogs so it was great to be able to take a break from school work and play with all these adorable dogs.
After I got my MBA, I accepted a job in Philadelphia in public accounting and I can accredit this job opportunity directly from going to Scranton. The networking opportunities available through the business school are unparalleled. I moved into my apartment this past week and will start work tomorrow morning. I feel very excited and nervous at the same time. I will be blogging more about my experience at Scranton as well as my adventures after graduating.
I hope my blog is helpful to prospective students as well as students who have recently graduated.