Tuesday, June 2, 2009

current location: emporia, va

Another day at work, and more experiences to reflect upon. The following might read more as a rambling stream of consciousness than a coherent entry. I hope you'll be entertained by my journey of professional development this summer. :D

I still like the people (always a plus), maybe one quibble.. just one minor quibble... There are so many Tech people in the firm! *cue physical agony* A majority of the people in the firm are awash in red and orange, and there's precious few Wahoos around. That silliness aside, my team, and I feel that the firm as a whole, is pretty relaxed. We have some friendly banter when we're sitting around the table, and my partner doesn't seem to mind when someone's phone inadvertently goes off (the most telling sign, in my opinion). I like this kind of atmosphere, it's conducive to question asking and heavens know I've been pounding everyone with questions every day. He also doesn't seem to mind that I bring small snacks and munch on them. I'm not sure I'd be able to make it through the day if he did though (I'm one of those that eats a lot of small meals).

I'm doing mostly audit work this summer, and I have to say I really like it. Those of you considering accounting, but don't want to be stuck behind a desk, want to talk to people, and like to verify if work's being done correctly, then audit may be the path for you (my one week experiences summed up in a verrry small nutshell). However, accounting in general is so stereotyped that I'm going to have to dedicate an entry to that later this summer.
Thus far my work has consisted of running random tests of disbursements, checking VRS and 941s, and verifying revenues. My current impression is that audit consists of constant work, which is certainly a welcome respite from the two/three week pressure cookers in the comm school. Groups usually need to deliver on a proposal, starting from brainstorm and development all the way through to finish. When it works out, like my amazing group last semester, it's wonderful. When it doesn't, like my group from hell first semester, it really... really... really sucks.

current location regardless, where would i rather be?

Well, not exactly a matter of hating work, or even disliking it, but who doesn't like spending time at home? Food's cooked for you, great furniture and clean surroundings, home is almost like an alien planet sometimes.

I've finally had the privilege to realize what a blessing it is to have family in state this summer. My dad spends some time in Virginia every year, and this year it happened to coincide with summer time. He's helped me move out and in, and I've had the luxury of going home every two weeks thus far. I'll probably consider this pattern all through summer. Gosh, in staters have it nice!

On the other hand, I finally switched from T-Mobile to AT&T last weekend. Love my new phone, love the service. I thoroughly detest T-Mobile right now, absolutely horrid service, especially in C'ville. Then again, most major providers seem to have a difficult time in C'ville. However! I can't stand it that I can't call out, even when I have full bars, or I'll have no bars and will be standing in the middle of the Lawn, furiously shaking my phone because I need to contact someone. My phone being as aesthetically pleasing as a block of turd didn't help things either. (Yeah, you might detect a little bit of bitterness. I've had this phone and service for about 2.5 years now, lots of time for resentment to build up).

Got on my dad's family plan on Saturday, along with a free LG Shine. I'm currently in the rapturous "oh em gee I have a new toy!" phase. I also discovered how to send ringtones and pictures to myself so I don't have to get ripped off buying them through the phone, so now I can't wait for someone to call and text me.

But more on the topic on C'ville and UVA, those of you wondering which provider you should get should probably go for Verizon or AT&T. The majority of my friends have either of the two and they seem to get the best service.