A Day in the Life of an Accounting Student
Curious as to how exactly an Accounting student at Queen's spends a typical day? Check out Suzanne's blog to find out!
Accounting is part of Queen’s Management School which means most of my classes take place in the Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC) located just behind the main Lanyon Building.
How Accounting BSc Works
As a final year student, semester one involves two core modules and one optional module. My core modules are financial accounting and law of business organisations and my optional module is Issues in Not For Profit and Public Sector Accounting. All undergraduates are in at least 4 days a week and most classes are held on Queen’s main campus.
Nice study views
Insider Tip: For students thinking of travelling to university every day, the number of hours varies, so some days you can be in class for 4 hours and the next day only 1 hour.
8:45am: Walk to Class
I live in Stranmillis which is just a short 10-minute walk through Botanic Gardens and past the McClay library to the PFC, where I have my first class on a Monday morning. I usually print my lecture notes in the McClay before because it’s easier to take notes this way.
Walk through Botanic Gardens
9am-11am: Not-For-Profit Lecture
My first lecture is 2 hours long, but we’re given a break midway for a chance to grab a coffee in the Junction Café on the bottom floor of the PFC.
First lecture of the day
Insider Tip: Usually lecturers will give you exam tips or extra notes when they’re speaking so make sure you keep an ear out for them.
Get refreshed between classes at Junction
11am-1pm: Study in The McClay Library
After class I usually head down the back steps at the PFC and across the car park to the library. I grab a snack in the Clements Café and then make my way to the ground floor computers to complete a bit of reading for my financial accounting module.
Insider Tip: The McClay Library is huge but don’t be scared to try out different areas across the 4 floors to see which seat you like best. No area is off limits!
The majestic McClay
1pm-2pm: Financial Accounting Lecture
Our financial accounting lecture is split up on a Monday, so our first hour is at lunchtime and our second hour is in the evening. This room is in the main Lanyon Building and can be quite hard to find. If you’re lost, don’t be afraid to ask for directions in the Queen’s Shop located just beside the main entrance. (Don’t worry I’m in my final year and I still have to ask where I’m going!)
Insider Tip: If your lectures are split up across your day the Students’ Union is a great space to spend the time in between. There are study spaces, a shop and the Union Bar for food and drinks
2pm-5pm: Study and Spend Time with my Friends
It depends how tired I am at this stage or whether it’s close to exam time or not. I either go back to the McClay library because it’s so close or I head for a drink at the Students’ Union with my friends.
Chill out time at the Union
5pm-6pm: Last Lecture of The Day
Monday is usually my busiest day of the week, so we don’t finish class till 6pm. This isn’t that bad as the lecture usually just continues on what we were discussing earlier. We are currently learning about how sustainability and climate change affects how accountants report for companies.
6:15pm Dinner and Chill
After class I head home for some dinner and, depending on how I feel, I either head to Queen’s PE Centre in Botanic Gardens (home to Queen’s Sport) to play some squash with my housemate or I stick on a movie and relax.
De-stress with some a game of squash!
Insider Tip: University is very flexible and different for everyone which is great because you can choose to do work during the day or in the evenings and the same can be said for the gym, hobbies, or activities with your friends.
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Accounting | Undergraduate Student | Northern Ireland
I'm a 21-year-old from Dungiven, a small town just outside Derry. I'm in my final year of Accounting at Queen's. I'm also a student ambassador as well as a member of the Accounting Society Committee and Student Voice. When I'm not in uni I love to play Squash at the PEC, go to the cinema, and go out with my friends.