Jeff Metra, a College of Business student, says the one thing about college that you can not let pass, is the opportunity to get “involved.”
Jeff is a senior accounting student from Delray Beach, FL. A couple of years ago, before attending FAU, Jeff was not sure if he wanted to pursue a career or not. But after working closely with his old boss, who is a successful owner of a private equity firm, he decided to enroll in school and pursue a major in accounting. He told Jeff, “once you get an accounting degree, you can do anything, you can do finance, or business, since you will know how to manage numbers.” Metra started at Palm Beach State College and later transferring to FAU, Jeff describes his college experience as a “busy yet rewarding” period in his life.
During his time at FAU, Jeff has not been shy of getting involved on campus. “Investing your time in getting involved with clubs, student organizations, and internships is the best thing I can recommend for students. Build your network, make new friends, and create memories because this is the time in your life where you can focus on expanding your connections.”
With only two months left until Jeff graduates from FAU, his plan is to intern at a top accounting firm for the first couple of months. Later come back to FAU to earn his Master’s degree. Metra’s five year plan is to continue to grow in an accounting firm role and become a manager in his first three years at the company. Eventually, Jeff would like to build his own business that can support him and his family.
College of Business
Management Information Systems
Delray Beach, Florida
Clubs and Organizations:
Urban Male Initiative, First-Generation Student Success, Accounting Student Association (ASA), National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and Beta Alpha Psi.
Words to live by:
“Life is what you make it, so work hard and do your best at all times.”
What’s one thing every FAU student should experience?
Joining an organization and getting involved. Get involved no matter what. In class, meeting new peers, joining clubs. Find something that you like and create relationships and friendships around it. Make some memories.
What is the most difficult thing about college, and how do you overcome that challenge?
Finding time to make a living and going to school at the same time. Time management is key. If you put school first, succeeding in college will be much easier.
Do you have any advice for incoming students?
Once you start off with a high GPA is hard to bring down but once you have a low GPA is hard to bring it up.