Dig Deeper

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While class on Tuesday February 17th was an interesting one, the topic was a little different. We discussed how to interview, how digging deeper gets the person reliving the emotions of the experience, and how those emotions have an effect through the rest of our lives. Gino Poli was the main subject of the day; he discussed his first kiss. After about 30 minutes of class we found that the experiences of that day still help him pick out girls he likes. This got me thinking about the other experiences in life that change us into the people we are now, and how if we let them those experiences may be a hindrance.

While William Mangrum was interviewing we all were unsure because of the topic but as he dug deeper we all realized why he was doing so much questioning. It seemed as though everyone in class was going back to their first kiss and remembering the awkwardness and emotions. As we got further into the discussion I found myself thinking about some other things that have and still impact my life: playing sports, a car accident, farming, FFA and the jobs that I have held. It amazed me at just how much these incidents and activities have changed the way I think about things, without me even noticing. The interview  made me nervous because talking about some of those life events isn’t easy, and some of those emotions have been hidden away in the back of my mind for a reason. I would be scared to relive them, which in future interviewing I will keep in mind and not push too hard in those types of situations. Utilizing this type of interviewing will be more productive than just simple surface questions and I’m excited to try it.

Why Accounting?

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When accounting comes to mind many people shudder to think others aspire to become a professional accountant. I receive many a strange look when I talk about wanting to be an accountant since middle school, but the reasons why dig a little bit deeper into my roots than it may seem.

I grew up on a farming/ranching operation in Cortez Colorado, its a rather large family farm run by my father, his brother, and our immediate family. We grow alfalfa, wheat, barley, oats, grass, and anything else my dad wants to test out. Almost all of what we produce goes to a dairy farm in Texas and a high end horse barn in Oklahoma. I have visited the dairy and the sheer size of the operation they have going is astounding. Anyways, most of our land is irrigated meaning that the side rolls used to spread water have to be moved twice a day in between cuttings to get the plants to grow. I will say this is my least favorite part of farming but one that is necessary to get the results needed to make a living. About every three weeks through the summer the water gets shut off to dry out the crop enough so it can be cut, tedded, baled, loaded, and then shipped off to the recipients.

When I wasn’t out in the field working I learned how to do books for the farm, this became the relaxing part of the day. Naturally, the accounting side of farming came easier than the long days and hard work, me and mother nature’s heat don’t get along so well.  Not to say I don’t absolutely love the work that a farm entails, just that I enjoy the side of book work more. Thus the dream to have the best of both of my favorite things, working on the farm and doing accounting. I came here to learn more about accounting so that I can help my family and all the other farming operations with their books and continue a long standing tradition in family farms.

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