As a recent graduate, I am really looking forward to beginning the next chapter of my life. College was an absolutely fantastic time, but I am truly excited to move on. Juggling work with classes made me feel as though I couldn't dedicate my time and energy to being as productive as I would like to be at Buttonwood because I would constantly have to break for projects, study groups, etc. I really felt as though I wasn't completely in the loop because I couldn't be in the office every day. But now that I'm full-time, I can attend more client meetings and contribute more to the firm. I really enjoy having more responsibility with client correspondence and involvement in the planning process.
Additionally, I am looking forward to spending my first year furthering my knowledge about all aspects of the business. My colleagues really enable my learning because they make a point to include me in any learning opportunity possible. I am really appreciative of having such great mentors while going through the process of becoming a CFP. However, I would say that I'm still a bit anxious about exams and staying on a tight schedule during the entire process along with developing a healthy work-life balance.
Mariah Acap is an adviser assistant at Buttonwood Financial Advisors.