BBA 2012 (Accounting)
Taking Aim at Academic Focus
Sometimes first-year students struggle with the intense academic expectations of college. But not every first-year student sweats that first year.
Take Erik Hermansen. He’s quick to admit he went through the motions during his high school years in Minneapolis, Minn. He certainly cared about his grades; he attended class regularly, participated when called upon, maintained an above-average grade point. He even did well in his AP calculus course in high school, but he didn’t necessarily give his all to academics.
He arrived at the University of Iowa campus with a new frame of mind as a first-year student. He found himself ready for the challenges of a Big Ten institution and had his eye on a business major at the Tippie College of Business.
“The first thing I learned about college is that time management is critical,” he recalls.
“While in high school, maybe I dedicated 30 minutes per day to homework, and that was enough to get by. In college you have a lot more free time and what you do with that time makes all the difference.”
Erik settled into college life and shifted his focus toward his studies. His efforts were heightened by living in the BizHawk Living-Learning Community located in Hillcrest Residence Hall, where business and pre-business student rooms are clustered on one floor of the hall.
“I met other people who were also interested in business and we had some classes together too. They inspired me to want to do my best.”
His dedication and time management helped Erik to achieve the requirements of the Professional Program in Accounting at the College of Business. (Current requirements are: 3.0 cumulative GPA; 3.0 GPA for all University of Iowa course work; 2.67 (B-) GPA for 6A:002 Managerial Accounting; passing score on the Accounting Department writing assessment; admission into the Tippie College of Business; and declaring the accounting major.)
Seeking out ways to broaden his academic experience, he became a member of the international honorary accounting organization, Beta Alpha Psi; Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, and qualified to be a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
After finding success and personal fulfillment in accounting, he enrolled the Master of Accountancy (M.Ac.) Program for the 2012 fall semester. Despite the heightened academic challenges of the graduate program, he has no regrets about enrolling in the M.Ac.
“The most challenging aspect of the program is solving complex problems without much guidance. The problems really make you evaluate the problem thoroughly before trying to come up with a solution.”
Erik is also a teaching assistant and enjoys teaching Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting to undergraduates as part of the M.Ac. program.
Erik attributes his sharpened focus on academics to the bright opportunities ahead.
“My dedication to school gave me the opportunity to attain internship opportunities every summer since my sophomore year. And those internships led to multiple job offers upon graduation.”
Erik accepted a position at Ernst & Young in the assurance line in Minneapolis and will begin after his May graduation.