Marine Veteran Has Accounting Future Mapped Out

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VC_marine_accountingA few years ago, Eduardo Sereno carried rifles and automatic weapons as a Marine Corps infantryman. A few years from now, he hopes to be carrying financial balances as a Certified Public Accountant.

Sereno, 25, is in his final year at Victoria College studying accounting and already has his immediate future mapped out.

Eduardo Sereno

Eduardo Sereno

“After graduation, I hope to transfer to the University of Houston-Victoria to pursue an accounting degree before moving on to earn my Masters of Business Administration in accounting to become a CPA,” he said.

Currently taking accounting, general studies, and science classes, Sereno plans to graduate from Victoria College in December with an Associate of Science-General Studies.

He gives high marks to his VC professors and instructors.

“They help out and clear up any confusion I might have in learning new things,” he said. “They are consistent with emailing back important information.”

Sereno also works with fellow students in a study group, spending much of their free time going over class material in the library. He is a member of the KEY Center, a grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education that supports 160 students with an academically enriching and supportive environment. There, Sereno receives tutoring and counseling, and the staff “help me set my goals for the degree that I want,” he said.

A graduate of Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas, Sereno and his wife Rosa moved to Victoria after they both completed their enlistments in the Marine Corps.

While serving in the Marines, he talked to friends in the accounting field who suggested it would be a better path he could take to assist others. It also helps that Sereno is good with numbers and counts math as his favorite subject.

“I find math to be a puzzle that needs to be solved, so that’s what makes it enjoyable and challenging for me,” he said. “I would love to help people with their finances so they can get a better understanding of what is happening with their money and where it’s going.”

Sereno said his experience as a VC student has helped prepare him for his future studies.

“I just think VC helps you understand what other schools will be like,” he said. “I feel that, listening to other people’s experiences at universities, it helps us better understand the basics before we get to the university level.”

When not studying or attending classes, Sereno enjoys playing basketball, going to the gym, and hanging out with his wife. She works as an administrative clerk in Victoria County’s adult probation office and also attends Victoria College in the evenings, studying psychology.

- Eric Jensen

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