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Mikaela Spivey: America’s Next Top Accountant

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at FSU chapter.

Name:  Mikaela Spivey

Year: Senior

Major: Accounting

Minor: Communications

Relationship Status: Single

Courtesy: Mikaela Spivey

Her Campus (HC): What would you consider a fantasy date?

Mikaela Spivey (MS): I’m a pretty casual person, probably going to dinner with a beach side view, I honestly think just a nice dinner is good enough me with. I would love to get on a plane, like a private jet and go to somewhere really cool or exotic. I would love to be surprised, maybe a New York City rooftop dinner.

HC: If you had 10 minutes to spend $200 what would you buy?

MS: I would probably buy new casual clothing at Loft or Banana Republic!

HC: When you have time away from your busy schedule what do you do for fun?

MS: I like reading books in my spare time. I also like to, well I don’t want to sound lame, but I use my free time to study. Other than being involved in my organizations, I usually do career-oriented stuff.

HC: What are your obsessions?

MS: I really love coffee. I always get the vanilla latte when I go to Starbucks. I like red wine (yes, I’m 21), Scandal, Greys Anatomy and I don’t want to sound lame but, I’m really obsessed with accounting.

HC: What are your involvements on campus?

MS: I’m a Resident Assistant and I am also apart of Beta Alpha Psi which is an accounting fraternity.

HC: If you could relive anything from your college experience, what would it be?

MS: Maybe going through the process of getting my internship. The experience was exciting, like getting ready for Seminole Futures and actually going through with it but I was also very afraid. I would want to relive that moment to grow as a person.  I learned a lot about myself during that process, and I learned to get over the fear of talking to people and becoming a better professional.

HC: How do you cope with such an intense schedule?

MS: I usually get really unmotivated. To combat that, I would read motivation based books. I also used to destress by doing yoga. I often reflect on myself on how to become better in my profession.

HC: Are there any internships or job opportunities in your near future?

MS: Yes! I got offered an internship this upcoming summer at Ernst and Young. 

Courtesy: Mikaela Spivey

HC: What advice would you give fellow business/accounting majors that are having a bad time with the course load?

MS: The biggest thing about majoring in accounting and any business major is you’re going to be knocked down. I learned that the material with catch you by surprise. I believe that it’s okay to do bad on the first exam, it’s natural, but it depends on you as a person and how you will build yourself back up and the time you put into it. Do not get discouraged, gain confidence. It’s only test scores!  

HC: Where do you see yourself in seven years?

MS: Okay, so I want to work in an accounting firm for the first five years after graduation. I then want to take my experiences from there and figure out what I want to go into next. I want to work for a BIG 4 company as a Senior Mangager or a CPA, hopefully at Ernst and Young.

HC: That’s great, Mikaela! Is there anything (like a phrase or idea) that you go buy that keeps your motivated?

MS: I really like these two quotes and I go by them all the time.

“Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for twenty-two minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after thirty seconds.” -Malcolm Gladwell

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” -Dale Carnegiefj

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