Julie Smith

Hometown: Katy, TX

Interests: Camping, crafts, road trips and my fiancé Thomas Phillips

Faith Journey: I was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ into my heart at the young age of 6 when I was reading through my red picture Bible. My dad explained everything to me and I was baptized when I was 8. It wasn’t until I was 13 years old that I realized my faith was separate from my parents and I had to take ownership of my own faith. From that point on I have continued to grow in my faith. It has been quite a journey but I have had such a loving, faithful family along the way.

Favorite aspect of LeTourneau University: My favorite aspect of LeTourneau is the community attitude. I love living in the dorms and always having someone around to do homework with, run to Walmart with, or just talk with. I have made so many close, lifelong friends at LeTourneau and I love that! Another aspect of LeTourneau that I like is how most classes start with some sort of devotional. It is such an encouragement to start class in that way.

Accounting Atmosphere

Why did you choose Accounting?

I chose to study accounting because I wanted to eventually become a financial counselor. Accounting interested me and when I visited LeTourneau, I met with the accounting professor at that time, Dr. Rowe. Dr. Rowe easily sold the idea of majoring in accounting to me.

What has been your favorite Accounting course so far?

My favorite accounting courses so far have been Auditing and Advanced Accounting. Auditing interested me so much that I eventually got an internship with a company in their internal audit department. I also loved Advanced Accounting because it was a cumulative course that challenged me to remember everything I had learned about accounting to that point and how to apply it on an complex level.

What has been the most challenging Accounting concept for you?

The most challenging accounting concept for me so far came up in Intermediate Accounting II. That was when I truly realized how layered accounting is and how everything ties together. If one thing is messed up on your balance sheet then there will probably be something off on your income statement as well.

Have you participated in any memorable projects or events for your Accounting classes?

I really enjoyed my accounting internship that was at Martin Resource Management Corp. in Kilgore, TX in their internal audit department. I spent a whole summer getting a lot of hands on experience and was able to put my book knowledge into practice. I was fortunate enough to have this internship turn into a part time job.

What is the most important thing you have learned so far about Accounting?

The most important thing that I have learned so far about accounting is that this is not a major that you can dump what you learn after each class. Each thing that you learn in your classes with roll into the next class so you can’t walk out of a final and think, “Man, good thing I never have to remember that again”. You can’t think that because you will have to remember it and then build upon it.

Advice for prospective Accounting students.

My advice for prospective accounting students is to not do your homework because it is going to be taken up, but in order to actually learn. Accounting takes practice and you may do one problem one way, but it could be done another way as well. Learn both ways if possible. As I have previously mentioned, accounting is a major that builds upon past knowledge so if possible don’t do brain dumps over summer break. Retaining information from the spring into the fall makes everything a lot easier.