Alumnus Katherine Henz graduated in 2011 and went to Texas A&M University. While in high school Henz played volleyball and softball, she also participated in NHS.
What have you done after high school?
“I graduated from Legacy in June 2011 and started at Texas A&M University that fall with a Business Administration track,” Henz said. “My sophomore year I tried out for and made the Texas A&M Pistol Team, olympic style target shooting, where we compete nationally against schools like West Point, Navy, Utah, and Ohio State. On the team I’ve traveled and competed multiple times at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO and Nationals held in Fort Benning, GA. I’ve won some medals and was nationally ranked my last year on the team. My Junior year, I applied for and got accepted to the Professional Program for Accounting at Mays Business School, where I would get my Masters and Bachelors in Accounting in five years. During my last semester of my grad school year (5th year) I studied and sat for the CPA exam. I was able to sit and pass for all four parts before I graduated. I graduated from Texas A&M in May 2016 with both my Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting and Masters of Science in Accounting. (I am technically class of 2015, but with the PPA program we only walk the stage once during that 5th year). I took some awesome and fun classes during my time in college and it was definitely the best five years of my life. One of the greatest parts of the PPA program at A&M is that they help guarantee a full time job after graduation. So during my senior year (right before I started my grad school year) I signed full time with a top accounting firm. I started in August of 2016 with BDO USA, LLP and I am an experienced tax associate. This past January I was officially licensed as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant). I love what I am doing right now and the people I work with make it even better.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I always had a love for numbers,” Henz said. “My senior year of high school, I took an accounting class and really enjoyed it. When I applied for A&M, I applied for the business school. We didn’t have to choose our specific major (ex. Accounting, finance, marketing, etc.) until our Junior year when we start upper level classes. Luckily the first couple of semesters all business majors had to take the basic business classes (ex. Accounting 101, Finance 101, Marketing 101), so when I had to take the accounting classes, I knew it was for me.”
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“I had really good study habits in high school, even though sometimes I would wait to the last minute, but in college you definitely have to have good study habits,” Henz said. “Looking back now, high school was way easier than college. Its nice being able to pick the times of your classes and have large breaks to sit and do nothing (unlike high school), but you have to learn how to keep yourself accountable for your classes. In high school, you learn how to work with others (ex. for group projects) which really helps in college. Holding yourself accounting, managing your time, and working with others all play a role in any job you get. I think all of those things are a reason for where I am today.”
Explain your job now, what you are doing, different aspects of your job.
“I work at BDO USA, LLP in Dallas, TX in the tax department,” Henz said. “I am an experienced tax associate. We assist large companies and individuals with their preparation of their tax returns. In addition, we consult those companies with how the best way to sell assets (for example) or what would give them the best financial advantage during the year. I work with a wide variety of people in the office, I communicate with my clients, and help with campus recruiting to get interns and potential new employees after their graduation.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I plan to continue working for BDO for quite a while,” Henz said. “In college, I received my Energy Accounting Certificate, which will help assist me if I choose to go to industry, especially the Oil & Gas industry. I’m hoping to start a family within the next couple of years. I am excited to see what the future has in store for me.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“Enjoy high school,” Henz said. “Never give up and never regret not trying something because you are afraid of failure. It will only make you stronger. Keep in touch with your high school friends when you go off to college. I’m 100% for people going to college. Its an amazing life experience and it’s where you grow up and learn how to be on your own and what you want to do with your life. I had the best time in college and made amazing friends and memories. I would love to still be in college, but I love where I am right now. School is going to push you to do your best, and at times you will want to quit, but never give up because it will lead to amazing things.”