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2020 graduates share some thoughts

This year has been anything but normal.

At the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, we’re committed to supporting students through content, scholarships, and encouragement as they strive to make an impact on the world and the profession.

We recently talked with three 2020 graduates from across the country to learn more about their experiences as they emerge into the working world during exceptionally trying times. Here are some ways they are moving forward:

Focusing on the positives

Tori Argyle, a recent graduate from Northwood University and double major in Accounting and MIS, found graduating in 2020 “very difficult” as the better part of the semester was completed online. Walking across the stage in front of family, friends and peers was not a reality for many students in 2020, which made people stop and think about what graduation means.

“It helped me appreciate my journey much more. I made the best of the situation by taking time to reflect on myself, who I was when I started, who I am now and who I am becoming.” said Yvonne Mendez, a 2020 graduate from California State University Dominguez Hills.

Positioning for success

2020 Graduates are faced with unprecedented challenges as unemployment has spiked and recruiting for new positions has slowed due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. “With the world at a standstill, now is the best time to sharpen your skills, create a new plan, prepare yourself for the future, take action on what you have control over and let go of what you don’t.” said Mendez. “The world will soon be restored, but until then, there’s no harm in preparing properly and putting yourself in the best position you can to succeed.”

With more free time after graduation, some are doubling down on their plans for future education and the CPA exam. “My plans are to prepare for graduate school and the CPA exam. I am also looking forward to begin photography and put focus towards my podcast.” Said Dolapo Adekoya, a recent graduate from University of Texas at San Antonio.

Reflecting on work well done

Earning a degree is a wonderful accomplishment that takes time, commitment and grit.

“We all worked hard, made some good memories and we did it. We graduated. So onto the next step, wherever that may be.” said Argyle.

 We honor all 2020 graduates and the educators who have championed their learning – no matter the obstacles.

Photograph of Yvonne MendezPhotograph of Dolapo AdekoyaPhotograph of Tori Argyle

This article was written on May 31, 2020. The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants has issued this statement addressing the protests highlighting the systemic, structural racism that we must work to address in our society.


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