I went back to school to obtain my Bachelors degree in Forensic Accounting, and am thrilled to report that I graduated a few weeks ago. YIPEEEE!!! I should have completed this degree many moons ago but didn't, and there is no sense crying over spilled milk. I've done it now and am very proud of myself.
I get asked a lot what a Forensic Accountant does. Well here are a few definitions for you that should help.
Forensic accountants are trained to look beyond the numbers and deal with the business reality of a situation. They are frequently used in fraud cases.
Forensic Accounting utilizes accounting, auditing, and investigative skills to conduct an examination into a company's financial statements. Thus, providing an accounting analysis that is suitable for court.
I am a people person and so the accounting field wasn't something I thought would be social enough. My dad is a CPA and I also have a younger brother who just passed the exam and is a CPA also. You can certainly say I come from a family of bean counters. I steered clear of accounting but the Forensic aspect of it has become a highly sought after degree. I looked in to it and decided that I would be a great Forensic Accountant. What a great learning experience it has been. I enjoyed all my classes and looked forward to the lectures. I set a goal to get nothing less than A's and am happy to report I achieved that goal. IT WAS NOT EASY.....but I never wavier(d) and stuck to it. I spent many, many early mornings studying. ( I am not a night person but rather a morning person) Going to school while working full time and still being a father was a difficult task. My family was extremely supportive and my wife in particular was a stalwart. She would always ask me how school was going and if I needed to study. She tried very hard to make sure the home was a place for learning. You can never thank a supportive spouse enough, all you can do is live a life worthy of her sacrifices on your behalf.
This is my beautiful wife
Now.....no rest for the weary they say ( I think), so starting next month I will begin graduate studies and get my MBA. My ultimate goal is to become a CPA also and in Utah you need a masters degree to qualify for the CPA exam. So the journey down the road of higher education is not over for me. I am not sad about that either, I like to learn and love to read and watch documentaries. This was not always the case. In high school I liked the social aspect A LOT more than the learning angle. It was a fun party for me and homework and studying was only getting in the way of my awesome social life. It's a good thing I broke that bad habit and took education seriously because my Bachelors degree would have eaten me alive. Much like a fire breathing dragon consumes everything in front of it.
I wasn't going to post a picture but that is a very good picture to assert my feelings.
It has been fun to blog again, and of course my life has not consisted of only school since my last blog. I have a son driving now, a 14 year old daughter that is darn gorgeous and last but definitely not least is my little 4 year old Kynleigh. She is a fire cracker and will keep Caryn and I young.
My wonderful kids!