Meet TSCPA King Foundation Scholarship Recipient Kaitlynn Cribbs
How did you hear about the TSCPA scholarship program, and why did you decide to apply?
I heard about the scholarships from many different accounting professors. The one that really interested me was my Principles 2 professor. She took time out of class to tell us about the scholarship and how it was not very difficult to apply.
What drew you to the profession of accounting?
I struggled to figure out my major. I knew that I really enjoyed math, problem solving and business, so I decided to combine all of them and try accounting. I have loved every minute of it.
What are your goals after you graduate?
After my bachelor’s degree, I plan on doing the Master of Accountancy program and obtaining my CPA.
What is one piece of advice you would give students considering accounting as a major/career option?
Do not be scared to ask for help. Many times, there will be classes or concepts that you are struggling with, so do not be afraid to reach out to your professors. They are your best resource for getting help.
Where do you see yourself in your career in 10 years?
Hopefully, I am with a public accounting firm where I feel welcome and valued. I am not sure which area of accounting I want to specialize in yet, so hopefully by then I have picked one that I truly enjoy.
What is your advice to students on maintaining a healthy balance between school and life?
Schedule everything. Having a planner can make it easier to see when things are due and how far in advance you need to start working on them. Also, schedule some fun activities with friends and family, so that you can work your school around it.
What is something most people might not know about you?
An interesting fact about me is that I was captain of my high school cheerleading squad. I am a shy person, so trying out for the team was very much out of my comfort zone. Therefore, getting captain was a complete shock. It made me more outgoing and taught me how to be an effective leader.
What three words would your friends and family use to describe you?
Caring, selfless and dependable.
What do you like to do in your free time to unwind/relax?
My favorite way to relax is to have a movie night. I’ll usually watch a Disney movie and have a cup of hot chocolate.
What did receiving a TSCPA scholarship mean to you?
It meant everything to me. I sometimes wonder if accounting was right for me. As I was moving up in my courses, I came across people who did not struggle learning the material like I did. Winning the scholarship showed me that I was just as deserving to be in accounting as anyone else.