The nine universities and numerous community colleges in the 21-county area served by the Texas Society of CPAS-San Antonio are home to some of the most outstanding future CPAs in the state. Since March 2020, they have faced many new challenges. This next-generation accounting major talks about what keeps her focused on her professional goals.
Meet Megan Siegel, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Accounting, CPA ready May 2023!
Why did you choose accounting as a major and career choice?
As a former Young Chefs Academy franchise employee, intern for Hillel San Antonio (a local chapter of the international Jewish college student non-profit organization), and the proud daughter of a small business owner, I have become fascinated by the functioning of different businesses and the different ways those entities report their financial information.
After taking my first accounting course and understanding how different companies have different day-to-day transactions that need to be reported, I decided I wanted to go into public accounting!
Is this a career change? If so, what did you originally major in? Do you have prior or current work experience and what was it in?While this is not a career change for me, I did choose to change my major from Management to Accounting during my second semester at UTSA. I was quite interested in HR and recruiting/training efforts, but after speaking with many public accounting firms, I have come to realize that there are opportunities to get involved with recruiting while still getting to work on a given service line!
Why do you choose to be involved in the Texas Society of CPAs-San Antonio Chapter, and what are you active in?
I chose to join the TX CPA Society San Antonio Chapter because I was looking for a way to get involved during covid-19 that could last throughout my career. I have been fortunate enough to attend multiple Membership Involvement Committee meetings and I am getting ready to participate in a service event with Boysville’s Supervised Independent Living Program along with fellow TX CPA-San Antonio members.
Who would you consider to be your mentor?
I consider my accounting professors Patrick Lee and Stacy Conrad to be my mentors as they both had a major influence in my decision to switch my major to accounting. They have made their accounting courses so enjoyable for me and have offered up countless amounts of advice and examples of their own experience as CPAs.
What has been your best experience as a college student?
My best experience as a college student so far would be having the opportunity to serve as Beta Alpha Psi’s first female president since 2015! Leading this accounting honor society virtually this semester has been a great learning and growing experience for me!
Would you change anything about your career path, and if so, what?
I don’t think I would change my career path in terms of where it is heading right now, but I am definitely interested in utilizing any teaching and recruiting opportunities that are offered in public accounting in addition to the different service lines. I am very interested in becoming a part-time professor while working in audit and I would like to continue to teach accounting after I retire from a public accounting firm.
What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
Five years from now I can see myself as a senior associate or a senior manager at a public accounting firm where I hope to be working with non-profit accounts or other industries I have yet to discover! I also hope to travel and volunteer in the San Antonio community.
TXCPA-San Antonio is looking for student Campus Ambassadors on the following campuses:
Our Lady of the Lake University
St. Mary’s University
Texas A&M International University
Texas Lutheran University
University of the Incarnate Word
To learn more about the benefits and responsibilities of becoming a Campus Ambassador, contact Amanda Talaat at email@example.com.