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Aca-mazing

Is it possible to be bored on campus? I really don’t think so, there is constantly fun to be had! Proof of this was the Pentatonix concert held at the Ohio Union! Pentatonix is an a-cappella group that won The Sing Off (Season 3) on NBC. OUAB (Ohio Union Activities Board) brought them in to perform and the concert did not disappoint.

My view of the stage!

My view of the stage!

The Serenade

The Serenade

 

The screen projecting the concert for a better visual!

The screen projecting the concert for a better visual!

During the concert they performed a wide variety of songs ranging from Macklemore to Ariana Grande and a ton more! They also took a volunteer from the crowd and serenaded her, unfortunately I was too far back in the crowd to be selected. Even though my seat was pretty far back, it didn’t hinder the show. OUAB had it displayed on multiple screens around the ballroom ensuring that you could always see and hear what was going on.

If you have some time, I would definitely watch their Evolution of Beyoncé, trust me it is just as good in person as it is in that video! Plus, they have a killer Christmas album if you are one of those people that gets into the holiday mood really early. I know that for me personally, Christmas music is fair game after Thanksgiving and I will have their holiday album on repeat!

This concert was a great to way to relax and have a good time after a long day of classes, it is always nice to have a distraction from day to day activities and this was the perfect one!

 

 

 


The End of Fall Semester, Session 1

It is amazing how quickly this first term has flown by; it is already our last week of the first session for Fall semester.  Here are some of my quick observations from the first session:

  • The Courses: Most courses for the program are only 7 weeks long.  Because of this, material is covered fairly quickly and a topic is usually not discussed for longer than one class period.  Since the courses are fast paced, it is important to stay organized and stay ahead of the material, otherwise it will be easy to fall behind and stay behind.  Overall, the courses have all been interesting and it was wonderful to see how approachable and helpful the professors have been.  It is crazy to think that we have finals this week and are starting all new courses next week.
  • The Class: Coming to Ohio State not knowing anyone was a little frightening, but from the first day of orientation it was easy to see that the MAcc Class of 2015 would get along well.  Whether it is eating lunch every day together in the student lounge, studying after classes together, going to trivia every Wednesday night, or hitting the bars on the weekends the MAcc kids are always together.
  • The Culture: The environment surrounding the MAcc program is unique.  Everyone has different backgrounds and different experiences that have brought them to Fisher.  Because of this, it is nice that the program involves so many group projects.  For example, one of my groups had three international students from China, a student that worked professionally for a couple years and is coming back to school for his Masters, and another student from Texas.  Combined we all brought different knowledge and skills to the table and worked well as a team.  The culture of the program may be hard to describe in words but it is something I am happy to be a part of.

Columbus Fun Facts

Since Ohio State has a widespread presence in the U.S. and beyond, it can be easy to equate Columbus with the University. While OSU is a major component of the Columbus scene, there is a lot more to the city to discover!

I’m from Ohio (Toledo, specifically) and have spent a good deal of time in Columbus before attending the MAcc program. I’ve found that Columbus newcomers are often surprised at how vibrant and welcoming our state capital truly is. Here are some tidbits about the city that may help you to understand why so many Buckeyes never leave it.

Cbus Fun Facts:

  1. 15th largest city in the U.S.
  2. Business is booming! Greater Columbus is home to the headquarters of Nationwide Insurance, AEP, Wendy’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, L Brands (think Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works), Big Lots, White Castle, Cardinal Health, and more!
  3. Home of the Columbus Clippers (Triple A baseball; affiliate of the Cleveland Indians), the Columbus Crew (Major League Soccer), and the Columbus Blue Jackets (National Hockey League). And, of course, we can’t forget about our Ohio State Buckeyes!
  4. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is world renowned and its director emeritus is “Jungle Jack” Hanna
  5. The annual Ohio State Fair is one of the largest state fairs in the U.S.

Check out this link to learn more about things to do Columbus: http://www.columbusalive.com/content/stories/2014/08/14/back-to-school-100-things-to-do-before-you-graduate.html

 

Columbus Skyline

Columbus Skyline

 


Observations from Ohio State Football Games

Having done my undergrad at North Carolina State I was anxious to come to Ohio State and see the differences in the atmosphere and environment surrounding the football games.  Here are some of my observations from the first couple games of the season.

  • Tickets:  The ticket process was very different than at NC State.  If you want to buy tickets for Ohio State games you have to be on the lookout for an email in the middle of the summer with instructions on how to do so.  There are only two options for packages, either the full season home games or just Big Ten home games, no single game tickets.
    This was very different from NC State where the week before the game I would just have to go online and request a ticket for the upcoming game, for free! This whole process shows that the demand for students tickets is way higher than the supply.  I would definitely recommend at least trying to attend one game, if not buying tickets for all of the home games.
  • Tailgating:  The big thing about Ohio State tailgating is that it isn’t confined to just parking lots, the entire city is a tailgate.  From the bars on High Street, to the houses surrounding campus, to the parking lots around the stadium, everyone is out for the game having a good time.  Whether you attend Skull Session (still on my OSU bucket list), or are just throwing the pigskin with some friends before the game the atmosphere is second to none.  Pedestrian traffic is insane making driving on gamedays nearly impossible.  Even for the 8pm game people were out before noon making the game a whole day event.
  • Traditions: Even people that know nothing about Ohio State football are aware of some of the traditions.  Ohio State has more traditions than I can even list.  It’s almost impossible to be walking around on a gameday without hearing “O-H!” “I-O!” every five minutes.  The traditions that occur inside the stadium are absolutely amazing to be a part of.  Don’t worry if you don’t know the words to “Carmen Ohio” yet, you will learn them quick as it is sung at the beginning and end of every game.  The stadium O-H-I-O chant is also a very cool tradition, as the entire stadium shows their Buckeye pride.  And obviously I can’t talk about Ohio State traditions without mentioning The Best Damn Band In The Land.  Everyone is on their feet as the band performs Script Ohio and dots the I.   The band also performed a ten minute long amazing halftime show dedicated to famous and popular TV shows.  I highly would recommend everyone check it out if you haven’t seen it yet (here’s a link)!Script Ohio
  • Attire: I guess it’s just my North Carolina roots, but it came to a surprise to me that what people wear to games is definitely different than what I am used to.  It was almost expected that girls would wear sundresses and cowboy boots to NC State football games, while guys would dress up a little nicer with a tucked in polo or button down shirt.  The majority of people wear their OSU jerseys or shirts, and shorts or jeans.  I guess this just means I’m not in the South anymore.

Recruiting Tips

At this point in the MAcc program, students are finishing midterm exams and are in the midst of first-round interviews for full-time positions at public accounting firms. The first seven-week term of the program been certainly been a whirlwind, so this is a good opportunity to sit back and reflect on all that has been happening as well as share some advice for future students.

Here are my 5 Recruiting Rs:

#1: Reflect
Use the opportunity of upcoming interviews to think about yourself and your experiences. Not only are these reflections useful to answer behavioral questions during interviews (“tell me about a time when…”), but they are also incredibly helpful when having conservations with recruiters at pre-interview recruiting events. It helps you to articulate your story and communicate to others what you are looking for in a company.

#2 Research
Most know to research a company before an interview. However, it’s not just memorizing the stats and figures on the company’s website that is going to land you the job. You have to utilize your network to reach out to current and former employees that can help paint a picture of what it’s like to work at their company. Having these conversations and personal connections in the back of your head during interviews will help you immensely.

#3 Relay
Don’t let your research and preparations go to waste because you get nervous during your interview and forget to relay what you know. It’s important to be excited about the position, have educated questions to ask, and show that you put time and care into preparing for the interview.

#4 Relax
Remember to stay calm and think of the whole recruiting process as a chance to get to know people and a company. It’s all simply a string of conversations that will help determine if you’re the right fit for the position.

#5 Rejoice
At the end of recruiting season, it’s time to rejoice! Hopefully you have received an offer (or multiple) and you are pleased with the results. Remember that things have a way of working out. Recruiting is a mutual selection process, and you should end up where you’re supposed to be!

MAcc Men in Black

MAcc Men in Black


Midterms, Quizzes, and Cases … Oh my!

Reality hit this last week … grad school is not all fun and games. We Fisher MAcc students had multiple midterms/quizzes/case studies/assignments and they all seemed to fall on the same couple of days. Isn’t that how it always works out? In order to keep my head above water, here are a couple tips I like to follow!

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1) Stay Organized – During the busiest of your weeks it is so hard to keep track of everything and the worst thing would be to allow something to fall through the cracks. I would highly recommend a planner! I know some people are more on top of their game and use an electronic calendar but I like to keep it a little more old school, paper planner for the win. This allows me to stay on top of all my assignments and *hopefully* never miss a due date.

2) Prioritize – I think one of the hardest things to do when you are extremely busy is to realize that maybe not everything will get done or get done with the quality of work you normally do. While it isn’t ideal to hand in less than fantastic work, sometimes it is absolutely necessary. In order to know what to focus on and how to allocate your time wisely, I always make a list of priorities. This allows me to quickly scan and know what is first to get done and what is last to be done. This way you are more efficiently working and if all goes well and time is allocated correctly, everything will get done!

3) Quality of study time > Quantity of study time – It may seem like it is necessary to devote hours and hours to studying, but in my opinion it is not the total hours you spent studying but rather the quality of the time you put into studying. After a couple hours of studying where you are focused and working hard will always beat a day of studying with frequent computer/snacking breaks (my favorite kind of break). If you study hard and really devote yourself to an exam, the results will probably beat days of mediocre studying.

4) Rid yourself of distractions – I cannot study at my apartment, it will just not get done. There are too many distractions from the TV, to the kitchen, to the possibility of taking a nap…it is just a complete fail. I also think a library is just way too quiet and serious (though it is better than trying to study in my room), the best place to study for me is a coffee shop. The perfect mix of a relaxing environment but not relaxing enough that you want to take a nap. For the last couple exams/quizzes I have gone to various coffee shops and managed to get some good quality studying in. There is also the added perk of delicious coffee which can really help the studying process (I highly recommend Stauf’s and Luck Bros‘ in Grandview!)

5) Sleep – I know everyone always tells you to get a good night’s sleep but it actually does help. You wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to go instead of waking up dreading getting out of your bed. Before I go to sleep I like to review my notes once more and then put it out of my mind. It doesn’t help to dwell on journal entries while trying to fall asleep, put the textbooks down and relax…it will all be okay!

So these are just a few things that help me stay sane during a crazy week. The nice thing is that everyone is going through it together so you always have a friend to commiserate with. One good thing about a busy week is the following weekend, that is always the light at the end of the tunnel!

 


The MAcc Goes to Summit Vision

As part of our orientation for the Fisher MAcc program we spent half a day at a place called Summit Vision.  Summit Vision is a high ropes course, outdoor activity center located about 30 minutes from OSU.  We got there in time for lunch and spent awhile eating and hanging out, playing games like knockout and Frisbee.  After lunch, we were randomly split up into teams and completed five team-building activities.  For the most part, these activities were puzzles where we had to work together to complete.  Being put into random teams was a great way to meet people that I hadn’t met yet and step outside my comfort zone a little bit.

Our first activity was to replicate a picture of wooden sticks arranged to make numerous squares.  The sticks all varied in length and had notches located in various places.  Only one stick fit in the correct place, making it difficult to figure out which stick belonged where.  Summit VisionAfter discussing possible ways to approach this, we finally determined a strategy and completed the puzzle, getting faster with each attempt.  Another activity involved us using wooden blocks to get our whole team from one point to another without touching the ground.  Everyone was given a block and the block had to be touched at all times.  If a block wasn’t being touched we’d lose the block and make the puzzle harder one ourselves.  This was kind of like a team-building, grown up version of “the floor is lava”.  Without a doubt, my favorite activity was when we went to the zip line.  This wasn’t as much of a puzzle solving station, but still required support and encouragement from team members.

Overall, Summit Vision was a really great way for us to get to know some fellow MAcc students and have fun learning about some characteristics associated with teamwork.  Already, it is clear that teamwork is a big part of the MAcc program, as the majority of classes I am in have at least one group project assigned.  It is very easy to tell that the qualities and characteristics of teamwork that were associated with Summit Vision are already translating into practical use inside and outside of the classroom.

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MAcc BBQ & First Impressions

I cannot believe that we have been in classes for almost two weeks! Time is already starting to fly. So far, everything has been absolutely great! One of the very first that things that helped start the program on a great note was the MAcc Reception at the Horseshoe. This was an event where all MAcc students were invited to attend and network with alumni, faculty, and recruiters. Not only were there all of these great opportunities to meet people and network, we also got to hang out in the Stadium University Suite in the football stadium and go on a behind the scenes tour of the facilities. I’ve attended a ton of football games at the stadium but this was the first time I’ve been able to see all the inner-workings of the field and it was a really unique experience. The last time I was down on the field was at my graduation from undergrad and it was kind of surreal to be back again as a graduate student!

View of the field from a suite!

View of the field from a suite!

Walking down onto the field!

Walking down onto the field

I just had to do a classic senior picture pose down on the field.

I just had to do a classic senior picture pose down on the field.

After this great event, classes officially began! Once you are in classes, your calendar really starts to fill up but of course we had to make room for a little fun. After our second week of classes one of the other students decided to throw a MAcc BBQ. He boldly invited the entire MAcc class to his house (imagine 80 kids being invited to your house…wow, intimidating) and we all brought over some dishes to supplement his grilling out. There was a ton of food and games and a lot of students came out to enjoy the night! It is always nice to get to know your peers outside of the classroom and take some time to relax after attending classes and group meetings. This event also allowed everyone to go outside of their comfort zones, it is really easy to stick to the friends you have met in your classes or knew before the program but everyone mixed and mingled at the BBQ and I talked to a lot of people I had never had the chance to yet. Overall, a great weekend event for the MAcc!

Hanging out at the MAcc BBQ!

Hanging out at the MAcc BBQ!

This week is our first full week of classes (we started on a Wednesday and had Labor Day off), so hopefully everything continues to go well!


No Accounting Background? No Problem!– The Pre-MAcc Seminar

My Fisher MAcc experience started a bit earlier than most because I wasn’t an accounting major in undergrad. I majored in economics and minored in mathematics at Denison University, and I took the one accounting class that was offered during the fall of my senior year. Then, I took a second accounting class at OSU-Newark’s campus (a short 15-minute drive from Denison) during the spring of my senior year. These steps set me up to participate in the Pre-MAcc Seminar, which is a 2.5-week, intensive summer program offered by the Fisher College of Business Office of Executive Education that allows students to fulfill the Intermediate Accounting I and II MAcc prerequisite requirements.

This year the program ran from July 31 to August 15, every day but Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (with an hour for lunch). It is certainly an intense program, but it is a great bonding experience to have with other incoming MAcc students who have non-accounting backgrounds like yourself. It was great to go into our two-day MAcc Orientation the week after the Pre-MAcc ended and see familiar faces! Eleven students participated in the Pre-MAcc this year, and we were a diverse group. Five were international students and three students were returning to school after being in the working world (two of which also have law degrees). While most of us came from an economics or business background, one student had an undergraduate degree in communications, for example. That’s the great part about the Pre-MAcc—regardless of our past education and/or work experiences, we all chose to go into accounting at this point in our lives and are very committed to be at Fisher.

Not only were my peers in the Pre-MAcc wonderful to be around, but the instructors, Marc Smith and Stephanie Lewis, were also inspiring and able to gracefully deliver long (but interesting!) lectures. Other members of the Pre-MAcc team are the numerous TAs (mostly rising senior accounting majors at Ohio State) that ran our afternoon review sessions. All in all, a lot of work goes into running the Pre-MAcc, and while it is a rigorous program, it is a great way to meet two of the MAcc prerequisite requirements, explore Columbus before the fall, and get to know some fantastic students and instructors alike!

 

The Pre-MAcc Seminar 2014 Graduation Luncheon

The Pre-MAcc Seminar 2014 Graduation Luncheon

 

 


MAcc Scrapbook

How the time has flown! I have gone from being a prospective MAcc student reading the My Fisher Grad Life Blog and wondering why some authors didn’t post more, to being a soon-to-be graduate who is impressed they posted so much! The past nine months have been the most intense period of self-growth and change I have ever experienced in my life. I met so many amazing people and was exposed to different perspectives on life and business. I know I will walk into my first full time job as a finance auditor at the Auditor of State’s office better prepared to be a successful professional thanks to my time at Fisher.

Here is a small sample of some of the things I was doing over the past year while I was too busy to blog:

50 Yard Line

Standing on the football field during Orientation

Class

Inside Arya’s Management and Control class

Corn maze

Heading into the corn maze at Circle S Farms

Picking pumpkins

Picking pumpkins!

Thao

I managed to get out and see Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and Neko Case at the Newport, a concert venue on High St. across from campus

Neko

Neko Case

Foxy!

Me and my boyfriend Brent all dressed up and ready to go to the Fisher Grad Student Halloween party

Fraud: never worth it

Aaron Beam talks about drugs, SEC and rock and roll during his MAcc talk

Held at the Faculty Club

The Class of 14 at the MAcc winter dinner

Christmas in bloom

A winter break girls day out to the Franklin Park Conservatory. Left to right: Liana, Lina, Dongqi, Yeajung and me

Our professor then hosted the speaker at his house

Barry Hoffman speaks to our Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions class about the Valassis-ADVO merger

Book your group ahead of time!

A bunch of hungry MAcc student getting pizza after hunting for a place to play lazer tag

The food was delicious!

I didn’t get pictures at the FISA’s Holi dinner so I snapped a selfie with my friend Ping before our Advanced Negotiations class

Tip: Place your napkin on your lap immediately when you sit down

My table at the MHRM etiquette dinner

The last ever MAcc talk, given by OSU's own Dr. Zhang on accounting research (my camera created the rainbow effect)

The last ever MAcc talk, given by OSU’s own Dr. Zhang on accounting research (my camera created the rainbow effect)

Group photo of MAcc students and alumni who participated in the spring MAcc gives back event. I helped organize the Dress for Success store in the Short North

Group photo of MAcc students and alumni who participated in the spring MAcc gives back event. I helped organize the Dress for Success store in the Short North

Also: travelling to Africa alone, working with Steve Jobs and her non-profit Free the Tampons

Nancy Kramer of Resource Marketing speaks to our Advanced Leadership class about her leadership legacy

AKA Grad School Prom

Action shot of the Fisher Formal

Me and my boyfriend Brent dressed up at the Fisher Formal

Me and my boyfriend Brent dressed up at the Fisher Formal

My friend Lina and I at the Formal

My friend Lina and I at the Formal

He plays the best music before class!

My last ever class- Dr. Mittendorf’s Non-Profit and Governmental Accounting course.


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